Returning Soldiers Honored in Rolla
"Not being able to share holidays, and birthdays, and other important events with my family and friends. Because you're sitting there thinking about them, and you don't get to celebrate with them."
That separation from their families was more painful than any job they did in Iraq. Captain Commander of the 1438th Jack Dwyer believes the unit help Iraqis retake their home.
"We actually built, tore down, and repaired ten bridges in Iraq to help support the multi-national core there and help support the movement of the Iraqis... especially during the elections back in January 2005."
The ceremony in Rolla Sunday afternoon had about two hundred attendees. Those attendees included Representative Bob May, a representative from the mayor's office and friends and family of the soldiers. Their families and friends in Rolla and Warrenton do what they can to say thanks, but according to the soldiers, that recognition can never match the time they get to spend with their families.
Now that the soldiers are home, they're changing their roles in the guard. Their main mission will be to relieve other soldiers in disaster and war zones.