BOSTON (CBS)  – At Logan Airport Wednesday, dozens of local families welcomed home loved ones serving in Afghanistan.

The U.S. is gradually withdrawing troops and that means many are coming home.

The deployments have also been tough on the families left behind.

Rachel and Abby Arena have been waiting almost a year to be reunited with their dad.

Since he left for Afghanistan with the 883rd medical company, mom has had to go it alone.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports

“It’s been hard but we do everything day by day,” says Wendy Arena.  “It’s been our life so we can’t think about being hard.”

Its the same story for Sarah Scholes, but this new mom gave birth just ten months ago when dad was deploying, so the homecoming means something even more.

“I’m really excited for them to just to get to know each other and have that time to bond,” says Scholes.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

Just hours earlier, it was members of the 181st back home and back with their loved ones.

They are ready to restart their lives, ready to get back to normal.

Even though they say, the sacrifice was in some cases, even harder than they could have imagined.


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