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ACES, Friends and Family Send Off 81st Brigade Troops

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YAKIMA, Wa.- This is a story about the bond of a mother and her son and their ever-lasting love.

"He absolutely loved football," said ACES member Shirley Schmunk.

And he also had big dreams.

"He planned on being in the army like his dad," said Schmunk.

Shirley Schmunk says her son Jeremiah was always kidding around and having a good time.

"He was the reason that I was born," said Schmunk.

In July of 2004 their time together ended.  Jeremiah died during an ambush in Iraq.

"A young man that was getting started in life," said ACES member Emma Boger.

Now, Shirley is there for her family, just like how the way they were there for her.

"He always wanted brothers and that's what he found," said Schmunk.

Family is what the army is all about; sharing memories of loved ones and being there for one another.

"I know the heartaches that they suffered when they lost him," said Boger.

That's why ACES and other groups lined up outside of the Yakima Training Center today.

"For my son and all the families who are sending their sons overseas," said Boger.

And although it is hard to say goodbye families are being understanding.

"What their doing is fearless," said Scmunk.

ACES, veterans, friends and families showed up today to say thank you, good luck and be careful to their soldiers.

"They put their lives on the line for all of us," said Schmunk.

Troops have ten days to spend time with their friends and family. After that, they will be receiving their schedules of when they will be deployed.
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