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Soldier "Home for the Holidays"

December 17, 2003

Thomasville - It's the little things like spending time with his wife and granddaughter that Terry Stephens has missed, but he won't miss out this Christmas.

He says, "Thank God it came through that I get to be home for Christmas, 'cause a lot of people over there won't get to be home for Christmas, because everybody can't come home at the same time."

Sgt......... Stephens has been serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom since April. His wife Pearl says in the 21 years they've been married, the past eight months have been the longest they've spent apart. "As long as I can hear from him once a week," she says, "I was fine. That's the way I know he's fine. But if I don't hear from him, then I get worried, I don't sleep at night. But as long as I hear from him I'm fine."

But she can't imagine another eight months without him. She says, "You don't know what's going to happen with so much going on over there with the bombing and all that, you don't know if he's going to return or what, so all you do is pray."

And Sgt...... Stephens prays for his family as well. He says, "You worry about them, but there's a time and a place to worry about them. Not while your in a truck on the road because once you loose track of what you're doing, it's real easy to loose your life."

But everyone in his unit has stayed out of harms way. "We've been lucky so far," he says, "We've been lucky. By the help of God we made it." And he believes with God's help, he'll come back home for good.

Sgt...... Stephens leaves Thomasville again on January first, but is expected to return to Thomasville for good by late February.

posted at 5:55 PM by karen.collier@walb.com