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Nebraska soldiers return home from Afghanistan

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Posted By:  Kayla Bremer

Two units from the Nebraska Army National Guard were greeted by anxiously awaiting family members and friends Thursday morning in Lincoln.

Dozens of family members and friends stood with signs and waited to see the bus that would soon reunite them with their loved ones.

Two units from the Army National Guard returned from a nearly year-long deployment in Afghanistan. Governor Dave Heineman was also on hand to welcome them home.

Major David Cooper had one person in particular he couldn't wait to see... His wife. They married in August during a two week deployment break.  Cooper says they're most excited about being able to start their lives together.

"It's exciting to be back.  I mean I feel like we put life on pause and now we just get to get going again," Major David Cooper said.

"It's kind of nice just to have him home cause now we can be newlyweds," Cooper's wife said.

Cooper served on the agri–business development team.  The 11–member unit helped local farmers re–develop agricultural skills and infrastructure.

Staff Sgt. Greg Vaughn also served in the ag–unit.  He says the deployment was a good experience overall.  But like Cooper, he couldn't be happier to be back in Nebraska with his family.

"I was very excited to come home.  It was agonizing getting here.  It seemed like it took forever," Staff Sgt. Greg Vaughn said.

Vaughn was greeted by about 15 family members. He clung to his wife who says he couldn't get off that bus fast enough.

"I was like, 'Quit shaking all their hands and get up here!'"

Most of the returning soldiers we spoke to say they were most excited about being able to do simple things like going to lunch with their families.

They'll have a few days off to relax before some of them return to work.

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