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Military families hope for happier holidays

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December 21, 2007

Albany --  Families with soldiers in Iraq may find it hard to find the holiday spirit this year.  

An Albany woman wants those families to know they're not alone. She wants you to pray for soldiers who won't be home this Christmas.

Joyce Hope's son, 24-year-old First Lieutenant Jeremy Haynes and his wife First Lieutenant Mia Haynes, will both be in Iraq this Christmas. They're serving in different areas of the country and may not get to see each other.

While they're away,  Hope helps care for her son's two girls but says it just won't be Christmas while Jeremy's overseas.

"The Christmas dinner I've been doing for almost 20 years, I'm not doing the dinner or the tree this year, because I just don't want to do it until he gets back home," said Joyce Hope.

"We don't have any choice but to make it through, just keep praying and keep faith in him," said Jeremy's brother, Jermaine. 

Joyce Hope says the best thing you can send a soldier in Iraq is a calling card so they can keep in touch with their families.

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