Mid-Michigan military families now await loved ones return - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Mid-Michigan military families now await loved ones return

Posted: Updated:
VASSAR (WJRT) -

(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.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Afternoon stabbing in Flint sends several girls to the hospital

    Afternoon stabbing in Flint sends several girls to the hospital

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:02:42 GMT
    Witnesses tell us a vicious fight started between the girls in the street. That's when witnesses say one pulled out a large pocket knife and started stabbing the other girls.
    Witnesses tell us a vicious fight started between the girls in the street. That's when witnesses say one pulled out a large pocket knife and started stabbing the other girls.
  • Saginaw splash park set to close for season, upgrades planned

    Saginaw splash park set to close for season, upgrades planned

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:43:23 GMT
    (08/27/14) - The unofficial end of summer means a popular Saginaw park will soon shut down for the season.You have until Monday at 7 p.m. to enjoy the Frank N. Andersen Celebration Splash Park.Already there's something new to look forward to, next year.A Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant will allow the city to add boulder climbing features in the playscape area, pathways to connect the park to the Saginaw River Walk, benches, trees, and other related items.That work should be done i...
    (08/27/14) - The unofficial end of summer means a popular Saginaw park will soon shut down for the season.You have until Monday at 7 p.m. to enjoy the Frank N. Andersen Celebration Splash Park.Already there's something new to look forward to, next year.A Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant will allow the city to add boulder climbing features in the playscape area, pathways to connect the park to the Saginaw River Walk, benches, trees, and other related items.That work should be done i...
  • Reception held to gather support for Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Highway

    Reception held to gather support for Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Highway

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:42:54 GMT
    (08/27/14) - The Tuskegee Airmen are American heroes who fought for our country during World War II and battled racism when they were home. Wednesday night a reception was held to build support for a House bill that would help honor their legacy.House Bill 5064 would designate I-75 from Michigan to Florida as the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Highway.It's a way to remember those whose bravery helped integrate our military."The documented original Tuskegee Airmen are men who paved the way for us so...
    (08/27/14) - The Tuskegee Airmen are American heroes who fought for our country during World War II and battled racism when they were home. Wednesday night a reception was held to build support for a House bill that would help honor their legacy.House Bill 5064 would designate I-75 from Michigan to Florida as the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Highway.It's a way to remember those whose bravery helped integrate our military."The documented original Tuskegee Airmen are men who paved the way for us so...
Powered by WorldNow

abc12.com

ABC12 Main Station
810-233-3130

Mailing Address:
2302 Lapeer Road
Flint, Michigan 48503

Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WJRT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.