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VIDEO: California Soldiers Welcomed Home from Iraq

Hugs, kisses and tears greeted more than 60 soldiers returning from Iraq at the San Mateo National Guard armory Friday morning.

Friends and family members gathered at the San Mateo National Guard armory Friday morning to welcome home more than 60 soldiers returning from Iraq.

The 297th Medical Company was the final California National Guard unit to return from Iraq, in keeping with the president's orders of complete withdrawal of U.S. troops before the year's end.

During their deployment, the 297th unit was responsible for providing regular medical and dental care for coalition personnel at various outposts throughout the country.

The company also worked alongside Iraqi military medical elements to conduct numerous simulated mass-casualty exercises that prepared them to stand on their own.

George R. Horn December 13, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Capwhan, Welcome home brother, we at least made it, far too many didn't. You are correct it will never be forgiven or forgotten. Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas. George
Stephanie Miner December 14, 2011 at 01:48 AM
welcome home and and thank you all for your service!!
Fred Mitchell December 14, 2011 at 03:54 AM
Glad to see them boys come home,And the Vietnam vets,got insulted,they went thur their share of hell.
Martha December 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM
I'm so glad to see the right type of news hit the internet. Why don't all communities join together and do this for all service men and women?
Laura Dudnick December 19, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Candice, thanks again for speaking with me for the video! Hope you have a great holiday season with your daughter. Laura

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