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Wives victorious in bringing guardsmen home for Thanksgiving

Guardsman gathered last week in Tallassee for what was to be the final time until next year. Now, thanks to donations, they're coming home for Thanksgiving before shipping off to Iraq. Guardsman gathered last week in Tallassee for what was to be the final time until next year. Now, thanks to donations, they're coming home for Thanksgiving before shipping off to Iraq.

Reporter: Bryan Henry

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Last Saturday in Tallassee more than a thousand people packed a football stadium to see the 158th Support Maintenance Company off to training before going to Iraq.

"Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful," said Linda Gartland. 

Gartland and dozens of other soldiers' wives set off on their own war strategy trying to find a way to raise $10,000 so their husbands could make it home for Thanksgiving before they head overseas.

And on Friday WSFA 12 News learned that the women were victorious. The money needed to secure five charter buses came rolling in, and now the buses are to.

At the moment the guardsmen are training in Indiana. Their assignment in Iraq will be to retrieve and fix Army vehicles damaged in the war. No cakewalk of a job, meaning anything could go wrong, even the worst possible scenario in the fog of war.

On Wednesday, November 26th the troops will leave for Tallassee, arriving Thursday morning. Then, it's time with the family for three days before packing up again.

Much like Gartland, Amanda Creamer is a newlywed, a bride of only 3 months but will soon find herself single for the next 12.

"It was tough seeing them leave that day," said Creamer.

The families say they want to thank everyone who supported their cause and say the money left over will be used for a welcome home party when the unit returns next year.

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