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Emotional Homecoming for Soldiers in Ottumwa
OTTUMWA (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Scanning the crowd, Elizabeth Harvey is overwhelmed with joy. She's been waiting ten long months for her husband Staff Sergeant Jordan Harvey to come home.
It's just been a long journey, Harvey said. Im glad to have him home."
He's one of about 100 soldiers returning from Afghanistan.
This tour was his third deployment in the last twelve years.
"All the people behind me have been through all three together, Jordan said. It's time to stay home for once."
The 833rd engineer company came back to Welcome Home signs and tears of joy.
Carol harvey, mother
"It's been pretty tough, said Carol Harvey, Jordans mother. But, we know that God was in control. He's protected him. Every time we heard his voice, got an email. We're just very grateful."
Military officials say the homecoming was also special because there were no fatalities or serious casualties on the tour.
Thats unusual being that the group had a high risk mission of finding explosives.
"For this unit to bring home all their soldiers without serious casualties just shows you the quality of the leadership and the soldiers in that unit," said Colonel Greg Hapgood.
A homecoming families like the Harvey's say couldn't have come at a better time.
"It's a great feeling," Harvey said.