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National Guardsmen return home in time for Thanksgiving

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Two National Guardsmen are home Tuesday night, just in time for Thanksgiving after serving for more than a year overseas.

Staff Sargent Tim Branan and Sargent Blake Alexander walked out of the gates at Albany International Airport after being gone for a year. They're part of a special volunteer outfit that handles explosives, a job described as dangerous, but needed.  

For the families of these soldiers, having their loved ones safe at home in time for the holiday completes Thanksgiving.

"You just got to support them," said Amy Branan, Staff Sgt. Branan's Wife. "You have to just stand behind them. I have a son that's in the guard too and that's tough, it's tough, but you have to just be proud if them and support what they want to do."

"A year's a long time to be away," said Staff Sgt. Mark Kring, "so I'm sure they're pretty excited about just coming home and just relaxing, taking off that uniform and just enjoying the family."

Tune into NEWS10 ABC to later tonight to hear from the soldiers, what they did overseas and what their plans are now that they're home. 

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