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      39 Valley soldiers return from Iraq

      Dozens of military families gathered at the Weslaco Armory on Sunday morning to welcome back 39 Valley soldiers who just completed their tour of duty in Iraq.

      It was a long awaited moment for many of the families, including that of Rachel Garza.

      Her solider, Robert Jackson is finally home safely, much to the delight of their five children.

      Garza said she went through a lot of emotions and hardships just by having her husband halfway across the world.

      It all began when she joined the same people gathered at the Armory back in November to send off the troops overseas.

      "The difference from last time was me worrying and being all sad, she said. Now that kind of a pact just left me and I feel a lot better and I just don TMt have to worry about it anymore."

      Specialist Robert Jackson was one of the 39 returning soldiers from the Texas National Guard stationed out of the Weslaco Armory.

      They were stationed at Camp Tallil in Iraq.

      "We were actually in charge of garrison command so we had to actually run the entire base, Spc. Jackson said. It was a group effort. There was a lot of people."

      The group finally left Iraq earlier this week.

      They made their way to Fort Bliss in El Paso, and now back to their home to the Valley.

      "It was hard you know, he added. We got to constantly talk to them at least every day, but still, talk to them on the phone is not as good as being home."

      The whole family, along with all the other families, now looks forward to spending as much time together, making up for the longs days and weeks apart from each other.

      The 39 soldiers are the first group of Valley soldiers returning home from Iraq that are from the Weslaco Armory.

      Many more will be returning over the course of the next few weeks.