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Tri-Cities Soldiers Return Home

PASCO, Wash. - After fighting in Iraq, four soldiers made it home just in time for the holidays.  They arrived at the Pasco airport Saturday afternoon. 

It was an emotional homecoming for all the men.

25-year-old Eric Allen recently got back from Iraq.  His mother Elvira Allen is delighted, "It has been very nerve racking because every time we heard of someone getting killed, in his unit, we weren't sure if it was him.  It's been very hard, we're really excited he made it home."

Eric is the youngest of four children in the family.  His time overseas has been tough for everyone.

His father, George said, "It's been a long year with him being over there in harms way.  When you heard someone got killed, it could be your son and unfortunately lives are being lost.  He's a fortunate one."

His sister said, "It's been pretty stressful.  He's awesome and we are so proud of him"

Eric said he is excited that he has made it home for Christmas and cannot wait to relax for the next month.  He said, "It's good to be with my family...  It was rough, it was really rough out there."

The group, A.C.E.S., American Citizens Encouraging Support, organized the welcome home event.  The non-profit group has been operating since 1990.  They want to make sure all local soldiers feel welcomed back when they return home. The group has welcomed home over 1,000 soldiers.