Military Families Return Home Reaction

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - President Obama's announcement of troop withdrawal by the end of the year comes as welcomed news for National Guard family members who have lived through multiple deployments.

It was an emotional return home for 20-year old army solider Jadonnavon McCall.

"I'm really getting tired of being over there; a lot of stress, a lot of problems," McCall said.

Wrapped in his mother Tammie's arms.

"It's like a burden lifted," Tammie McCall said.

He's glad to be back after a six month deployment in Afghanistan.

"Stress free; I'm glad to see my family," McCall said.

It will be a brief stop for Jadonnavon. He's only staying for two weeks and then it's back to Afghanistan.

"I'm ready to get it over with," McCall said.

After high school, both Jadonnavon and his brother Rufus, Jr. enlisted in the Army. Rufus returned from Iraq six months ago; a big relief for the mother.

"I will be glad when all this is over," Tammie McCall said.

Jadonnovan says he didn't hear about the president's announcement of withdrawal of troops until he got home. But he says he's heard it all before.

"I will believe it when I see it," McCall said.

More than 4,400 American military members have been killed since the U.S. And its allies invaded Iraq in March 2003, like Millbrook's fallen solider Josh Lancaster.

"I went to school with him. He was a good man, a good solider," Millbrook resident Josh Price said.

Price has been back with his family for almost a year, after serving in Iraq in the army.

"A war that keeps going on and on. I know the people in my unit are happy about it," Price said.

He says it's time to leave.

"I think we've done our job and done our country pretty proud," Price said.

Both soliders at home with their families until duty calls for the next mission. Jadonnovan arrived home Friday afternoon. In two weeks, he heads to Afghanistan for another five months and then Hawaii.

Josh says he gets to stay home for another year of schooling and then he will get deployed. Both of these men say they believe the war will continue in the Middle East, in particular in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

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