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Plymouth Dad reconnecting with sons after deployment to Afghanistan

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They were deployed to Afghanistan in January.  But now members of the Plymouth National Guard are back home.  And for one dad, the homecoming has an extra special meaning.

Scott Drake is soaking up every second with his son Kamdon who was born 8 months ago.  "He's 100 percent cutie."  said Drake of his son Kamdon.  Drake was deployed to Afghanistan in January.
We first met the family at his deployment ceremony.  Then it was just Drake, his wife Angela and their son Colton.  "  At the Ceremony Drake told us, "I know I'm leaving a little one and another little one to be soon while I'm gone." 

Kamdon arrived in the Spring, now dad is arriving home for good.  Drake said, "I missed my little guy being born but I'm here now so making up for lost time." 

Drake said he did get to meet his new son back in July when he got a quick leave.  But now that his deployment is over all he wants to do is spend time with his boys.  "It's all I've been wanting to do for 9 months.  We spent a lot of time yesterday just got on the floor with the boys.  Played around with them, reconnected."

Drake returned to Indiana Thursday with other members of the National Guard.  His wife Angela is happy to have him home and have some help with their two young sons.  "It's just a great feeling to have him home and safe."

Drake is also happy to be home.  "Just getting back into the normal swing of things, living a life that's not surrounded by walls, incoming alarms, not worrying about RPG attacks," said Drake.

This was Drake's fifth deployment.  And he said it was a tough one.  "This was the worst as far as things could actually happen.  With two little guys at home that thought crosses your mind."

But now his thoughts can be all about those two little guys, keeping them safe and having fun with them. 

Scott's wife, Angela is planning a welcome home party for the soldiers.  She already has a Thank You Banner made for it.  And she wants everyone to sign it!  "Just wanted to get the community together and say Thank you and thought this would be a great opportunity," said Angela.

The party's planned for March and you can help.  Angela said the party is just for the soldiers and a guest but it's sponsored by the community.  Before the party they hope to have an escort by the Patriot Guard starting at the National Guard Armory in Plymouth.  She wants people to line the street to show their support.

If you're interested in helping or sponsoring part of the event you can contact Angela at 574-780-3550.  You can make checks out to the Family Readiness Group and either give them to Angela or bring them to the Armory in Plymouth.

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