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Mid-Michigan military families now await loved ones return

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(02/12/13) - Mid-Michigan families are overjoyed to learn more than 30,000 troops are coming home from serving overseas. President Barack Obama said the draw dawn will happen one year from now.

From the outside looking in, there's no mistake Doris and Dennis Bates are red, white and blue to their core. "I guess I'm just an all American girl because when I hear the anthem, I've got goosebumps. I feel it is in my heart, and I'm very USA motivated," said Doris Bates.

That same love of country was passed down from generation to generation. Their son Scott is in the Navy, and just returned home from Afghanistan. Their 22-year-old grandson Cody Dundas, a machinist in the U.S Army, left for the same war zone in November.

"They missed each other by 45 minutes," Doris said.

"Scott was able to see some of the guys in Cody's unit and talk to them," Dennis said.

President Obama announced Tuesday 34,000 troops are coming home from Afghanistan, they hope Cody is one of them. "They truly believe in what they're doing. They're not there for a place to be to have a job to get a paycheck, they're there to protect our country," Doris said.

"For us that's pride in their feelings, we are very prideful that they think they need to do something for the US," Dennis said.

That feeling is still strong in this family. Cody's younger brother has also decided to join the military when he finishes high school in Beaverton.

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