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Gratitude

National Guard troops return home to W.Va.

Hazards to Americans in the Middle East, especially those in the military, are in the news. That makes an event Saturday in Charleston most gratifying to West Virginians.

On that day, more than 140 West Virginia National Guard troops returned from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. They are members of the 1092 Engineer Battalion.

Gov. Jim Justice said it all for Mountain State residents, in welcoming the soldiers home: “We are so happy for their safe return and so appreciative of the sacrifices they and their families have made for all of us here at home.”

Indeed we are, governor.

Even when our nation is not officially at war, those who serve us in uniform often are at great risk. Their absence is terribly difficult for their families.

We join the governor and other West Virginians, then, in our relief the National Guard troops are home — and our enduring gratitude for their service to us.