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N.Y. Guard members return home for the holidays

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two men tasked with protecting the country returned home to Albany Tuesday after serving overseas for nearly a year.

Sergeant Blake Alexander and Staff Sergeant Tim Branan are a part of the 1108th Explosives Ordnance Disposal, and both say being able to spend Thanksgiving with their families is meaningful since many soldiers aren't able to return home for the holiday.

Amy Branan, the wife of Staff Sgt. Tim Branan, says it's amazing to have her husband back home.

"You just got to support them, you just got to stand behind them," she said.

"It's hard to express, it's good to be home it's good to have the family back," Staff Sgt. Branan said.

He wasn't alone in that sentiment, arriving with fellow EOD solider Sgt. Alexander who was humble at being able to return.

"Happy to have something to do, I like to help out, that's the only reason I signed up -- I like to help," he said.

The duo has been in Kuwait handling explosives, a job they volunteered for.

"Explosive Ordinance Disposal is a very dangerous job in the military, so they only take people that volunteer for it," said Staff Sgt. Branan.

"I can't imagine just how excited they are to come home and have a clean warm meal, being with the family after being away for a year, a year is a long time," said Staff Sergeant Mark Kring, also part of the 1108th EOD, who welcomed the two men home.

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