Families of Kentucky National Guards from across the state are raising money to bring their soldiers home for the holidays.
A departure ceremony was held in Murray, Kentucky on Nov. 10 for members of the Kentucky National Guard 438th Military Police Company.
The 136 men and women departed for Fort Dix, New Jersey on Nov. 11.
While there, they will train for a three-month tour to Iraq, which is set for the first of the year.
From there, the men and women will be deployed for a year long tour in Iraq.
The soldiers are allowed to return to the Bluegrass for Christmas, but they have to pay their own way.
For many, that's just not possible.
Now many are working to raise $25,000 to bring all 136 Kentucky soldiers home.
"It would be awful for them to sit there and for us to know that they can't come home. So it would be great for the soldiers to come home before they go to Iraq," said Nichole Thomas, coordinator of the 438th Military Police Family Readiness.
Organizers have raised $5,000 of the $25,000 they need to bus the troops to and from Fort Dix, New Jersey.
They say it costs about $200 per soldier.
This is the troops second stint since the war on terror.
They served back in October of 2002 at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay
IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEND A CHECK TO HELP:
- Bring a Soldier Home
- c/o Regions Bank
- P.O. Box 1080
- Murray, KY 42071