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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany church is making sure that National Guardsmen get to come home on their final furlough before they deploy to Afghanistan.

Volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church will drive their bus to Camp Shelby, Mississippi Thursday to pick up dozens of soldiers from the 48th Brigade F Company. The troops have been training in Mississippi for a couple of months.

The soldiers will have about a week off before they deploy, but the National Guard isn't furnishing transportation back home.

The church volunteered to help when they heard many could not afford to rent cars.

 "We wanted to be a blessing to those families because we appreciate what they are doing in serving and sacrificing for our country," said Sherwood Baptist Executive Pastor Jim McBride.  

The Sherwood volunteers will bus the troops back to Camp Shelby next Wednesday after their Albany visit. They'll deploy to Afghanistan about a week later.

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