A Region 8 Soldier Is Reunited With His Family

Paragould, AR (KAIT) -- 6 year old Blythe, 4 year old Berkli and 2 year old Bradack are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a very special Christmas wish.

"I've been just waiting for this day. It was nice seeing my wife for the first time, but you know it's my kids I haven't seen for 13 months as well, said Marc Benefield.

Finally, the wait is over.

Marc is a soldier with the 2nd 153rd.  He has been stationed in Iraq.

"Not being with my family is the hardest part," said Benefield.

Marc's wife and mother of his children, Tonya, describes his time away as overwhelming and sad, but his safe return home is a prayer answered.

"I love the extra set of hands,"  said Tonya Benefield.

For the Benefields, Christmas came early. With 13 months of being gone, Marc says he knows he's missed a lot, but he plans to start making up for lost times right away.

"...doing nothing but playing with my kids. That's it, that's all I want to do," said Benefield.