(03/15/13) - Supporters are preparing to give soldiers a special farewell
Soldiers from the 144th Military Police Company are deploying to Afghanistan.
The soldiers we spoke with have been training for a year. They're leaving for Afghanistan on Sunday, and will be deployed for a year.
Jeff Hauger is about to leave his wife and four children behind.
"It's going to be hard," he said. "Anytime you leave the family behind, it's not easy, but just focus on coming home and reuniting."
The thought that these military men and women will be gone for a year makes some military wives nervous.
"Our oldest is really concerned because it will be her senior year that he's missing, but he'll be home for graduation, so it will be a good thing. My plan is personally to stay busy and make time pass by faster and wait for him to come home," said Jeff's wife, Melissa Hauger.
Despite having to leave family members behind, the soldiers say they're eager to serve
"I am a little nervous. I guess you'd be lying if you say you weren't a little nervous, but I'm excited. I've never deployed before, so I'm looking forward to the first time," said Keegan Teitsm.
There will be a farewell ceremony for the soldiers Sunday at Corunna High School. The doors are open to the public starting at noon. They're also looking for donations up until 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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