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04/30/04 - Lindale

East Texas Soldier Returns From Iraq

With every photo, Private First Class Ross Mills shares a cheerful memory of Iraq.
His photos are quite different from the images often shown here at home.

"There's definitely a lot more positives than negatives," he says. "I mean all the people we're helping out over there, it's crazy."

Home in Lindale for a little rest and relaxation, Ross's thoughts aren't far from the work he did or the people he helped. He has a few memories that stand out from the rest.

"Doing some guard tower and having little kids walk by asking for food or water or anything," he says," and throwing it over and seeing them smiling and waving."

News of Ross's homecoming ended six months of worry for the family awaiting his return.
"The phone call we got when we heard he was back in the United States was probably the happiest moment I've had in quite a while," says his father, James.

Ross knows not every soldier will make it back home from war to share moments with their parents. But for Ross's mother, his return is a message to others with loved ones in Iraq.
"(It) lets other mothers know, don't think the worst and that they do come home."

Safe at home now, Ross has only good memories of the once foreign world, saved forever on photo paper.

Story by Maya Golden, mgolden@kltv.com

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