Winston-Salem, N.C. -- More than 100 North Carolina National Guard members returned home on the 4th of July and reunited with their family members after being separated for a year. The soldiers are from the 1452nd Transportation Company, which is based in Winston-Salem.
The soldiers' unit was in charge of relocating heavy equipment throughout Afghanistan. Soldiers returned back home to the United States about one week ago. They had to stop at Fort Bliss, Texas to complete medical screenings, administrative processing and reintegration training.
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Right now, the soldiers are home with their families, resting and relaxing with their loved ones.
A survey conducted by the North Carolina National Guard earlier this year found the rate among its Soldiers and Airmen to be 16.5 percent, not counting full-time students. That rate far exceeds the state's overall rate of 9.4 and the national average of 8.2.
News 2 went home with Staff Sergeant Nathan Joyce after he left the homecoming ceremony. He and his wife, Snow, shared their thoughts on him being home, and really being able to be a dad to his 10-month old daughter. Click play in the video window to watch the story.
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