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11/19/07 - Gladewater

East Texas Family Deals With Solider Not Coming Home For The Holidays

Thousands of soldiers who are fighting in the war on terror will not be making it home for the holidays. But, as KLTV 7 LaKecia Shockley reports, one East Texas family has found a way to stay connected.

Its been almost four months since Senior Air man Matthew Byrd left his wife Karla and their four children to serve in the U.S. Air Force in Iraq. "I knew that when he went in, the chances of him leaving was likely and you have to just deal with that as it comes. I'm just thankful that he is in a spot that is remotely safe,"said Karla Byrd. Matthew is based in Al Asad, where he's a vehicle mechanic, and although he says his job is sometimes not the most rewarding, he does it for his country and his family. "I'm doing this so that I can help the United States but, I"m also doing it so my son or daughter doesn't have to come over here and do what I'm doing," said Matthew Byrd.  As Matthew's family begins to prepare for Thanksgiving they say it won't be the same without him. "This is actually the first holiday we haven't been together," says Karla. Luckily, thanks to modern conveniences like the web cam Mathew can talk to his family over 7,000 miles away. "Every day we talk, and when we don't talk it's upsetting. He might not be physically here with us, but he's here, he's still my husband. And Even though Matthew won't be physically home for Thanksgiving the Byrd family says, he'll be at least a click away.

 LaKecia Shockley,Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com 

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