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ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- Veterans Day ended with a true honor for Minnesota National Guard soldiers serving in Kuwait.

The men and women of the 147th Human Resources Company returned early Sunday night after being deployed for nearly a year.

The company focused on helping with the troop drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For many, the homecoming means surviving the heartwrenching, whether in uniform, or sacrificing at home.

"Holidays are the hardest by far," said Shane Playle, of Anoka, who came with his nine year old daughter.

His wife, Specialist Anita Playle, deployed just before Thanksgiving last year, but from now on, Veteran's Day will be a far more memorable holiday.

"Every waking moment you wonder if the kids are alright, if the husband is alright. I prayed and went to bed, woke up and started all over," said Spc. Playle, after an emotional reunion. "I have my family back. It feels good to be home."

In the arms of her husband and daughter, she could only describe her homecoming, as the "best feeling in the world."

The remaining 27 members of the 147th HRC will return in late November from Afghanistan.

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