Soldiers Phone Home

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It was an exciting and emotional day for the families of four Danville National Guard Soldiers.

The soldiers are currently serving overseas in Iraq but were able to see their loved ones Monday through video conferencing thanks to the Freedom Calls Organization and BellSouth, who partnered up for the first time to connect these families.

The families and their soldiers were able to talk privately with each other for 40 minutes.

"We were overwhelmed that we were able to do this for them, so we were more than happy to be a part of this,” says Louisville BellSouth employee Allison Perkins.

Carol Gregory drove an hour and a half to see and talk to her husband Michael Gregory.

She and her daughter Ashley could hardly hide their excitement about what they were looking forward to most.

"Seeing him, seeing him and hearing him. It's been a while and I talked to him this morning, but just to see him,” says Eddyville resident Carol Gregory.

This was also the first time Ashley Ashburn has seen her husband Scott since he left for Iraq in August.

She and her mother-in-law were both ecstatic to see their soldier.

"When I first saw him I got really nervous just because I didn't know what to say, not getting to see him regularly, but overall it was great,” says Bowling Green resident Ashley Ashburn.

Along with Monday's video conference for the families, BellSouth held another Freedom Calls event last week in Winchester.

This is the first time the BellSouth company has ever participated in this type of event.