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Families Say Goodbye To Loved Ones Deployed In National Guard

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Many Mid-Michigan families gathered at the Army National Guard base in Grand Ledge to say goodbye to their loved ones Monday morning.

Some will be gone for five months. While others will be away for a year, like Sergeant Tim Carlton.

"I'm going to miss my family tremendously," said Sgt. Carlton. "I think they all know that."

The room was full of teary faces of wives, children, mothers and fathers.

"I'm a little nervous," said Carlton.  "Kind of worried about my family and what's going to happen when I leave. Worried about the kids and how they are going to take this."

Carlton is just one of 90 men and women who will first deploy to Fort Hood Texas for training and then Kuwait to assist in aviation. This will be his first time leaving with the Michigan Army National Guard.

Carlton's wife Kari made the trip with him and his two children, all the way from Traverse City.

"I'm trying to choke back the tears and I have little ones, so I'm trying to be strong for them," said Kerri Carlton.

Kerri explains she has been preparing her children for this day for months, but nothing can completely get you ready to say goodbye to a loved one.

"You kind of feel like your just going through the motions right now," said Kerri. "
Just get up, get in the shower, get your tooth brush, get packed, get in the car, get to your next step."

For families who have been through this before, they say it doesn't get easier.

"It gets harder, because you know what's in store," said Diana Line, who's husband is being deployed for a second time.

For families who don't know what it's like to go through a deployment, Sgt. Carlton has a few words of wisdom.

"Time with your family is everything and we do what we do because we love our families and our country but... leaving is apart of it," said Sgt. Carlton.

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