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May 21, 2006

Albany --  Another happy homecoming for an Albany soldier serving in Iraq.

Twenty-one-year-old Nicholas Hudson says it's great to be surrounded by his family today, after spending eight long months in the war. Support from his family has helped him succeed with his decision to join.  

It started when Hudson was just 17. He earned a GED, but wasn't ready to go back to school for college. Instead he decided to serve in the military following a family tradition. Now four years later he's ready to serve again and happy to be where he is.    

Life is completely different for Nicholas Hudson.

"I was living with friends, and I was pretty much going from couch to couch. I had no job, I had no money," said Nicholas Hudson.

Now he serves in the 101st Airborne division in Fort Campbell, Alabama. Riding in these armored trucks, clearing Iraqi streets of any bombs.

"It's kind of a scary thing, I'm not scared of anything. But that's kinda one thing I don't like to do. You never know what's going to happen," said Hudson.

Being face to face with such an experience has matured him and taught him the importance of protecting others.  

But his lifestyle wasn't the only thing that changed when Hudson joined the army. He married his high school sweetheart, who says it's well worth the wait when her husband is away.

"Oh my goodness, it's a rush, it's exciting. It's like falling in love all over again," said Haley Hudson.

Haley Hudson wasn't the only one happy to have their loved home.

"Of course I think about him and worry about him everyday, I worry about he's got a dangerous job, but he's a good kid, smart and just so proud of him, so proud," said father Nick Hudson.

"I think he's a wonderful person and he's just a nice guy," said niece Elizabeth Hudson.

This nice guy is glad to be home too,  but he knows his goals.

"I love the military, I love everything about it. I'm going to do 20 years. I may even do more than 20. I think it's the greatest thing you can do," said Nicholas Hudson.

Hudson knows he has support from family with each step he takes in life.

Hudson is on a two week leave from duty and says he'll spend this time with his family. He says he loves to serve his country, but also loves when he gets to be with loved ones as well.  

Hudson recently re-enlisted into the army and will be stationed in Afganistan after finishing his current tour in Iraq. This is his second tour.

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