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More than 100 soldiers return home after a nine month deployment to Afghanistan.
As our Innae Park reports, support from loved ones at home helped the soldiers make it through.

ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- “I feel happy that he's come back,” said Amelia Lee, Lawrence’s daughter.

For Amelia Lee, it’s been hard to have her dad away at war. After nine months, he's finally home from Afghanistan.

At a Welcome Home Warrior celebration Saturday, friends and family greeted members of the 411th Engineer Brigade and the 412th Theater Engineer Command in New Windsor.

“I'm feeling glad to be back home, and I want to thank my wife and my daughter, I don't know where she, is for supporting me during my deployment, I couldn't have done it without them,” said New York Army Reserve Master Sergeant Henry Mack.

“It's a huge relief. It's a huge weight off of everyone's shoulders. They were all worried about me and I just wanted to get back home to them basically,” said New York Army Reserve Cpl. Matthew Bishop.

And it means even more to be walking into the arms of those who helped them through their deployment, even while an ocean away.

Henry’s wife Dena Mack said, “Constant communication and a lot of praying.”

Matthew Bishop said, “We had a lot of communication. So, that helped extremely. Skype, Facetime, letters of course, care packages. So I may not be with them physically; but, I always know they're thinking about me as much as I'm thinking about them.”

And that connection of love has brought these families back together again.

Matthew’s father John Bishop said, “And all I could do is be supportive and now I'm thankful he's home and he's okay and these guys got them through and got all of them and brought all of them home and that's just awesome. No words can really describe how really happy we are.”

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