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5/29/08- East Texas

Soldier Returns Home To Young Family From Dangerous Mission

Their smiling faces are worth more than a thousand words.

"They've been excited since they knew he was coming in," said Stephenie Andrews, Jason's wife."

Ages 1 and-a-half through 5 years old, little Allie, Bailey, and Gracie even helped draw signs to welcome their dad home. A man they don't see enough, but who never leaves their mind.

"Gracie can recite her prayer cause she knows that she needs to know that dad's being taken care of," said their grandmother Shelly Robinson. 

"They've all grown over the last 8 months," said Sergeant Jason Andrews.  "The last time she sent me pictures was December."

Sergeant Andrews is completing his second tour in Iraq. He's stationed near Sadre City and will return in just 18 days to a very dangerous mission.

"I go take care of all the explosives that they have, all the IED's," said Sergeant Andrews. 

"You know, he's got to do what he's got to do," said Stephenie.  "I wish he could stay home, but he's got to go."

"If it wasn't for them we wouldn't be here," said Robinson.  "We wouldn't have the freedom that we have. I hold each and every one of these individuals that are over there very close to my heart and prayer for them each and every night."

It's been almost 8 months since Sergeant Andrews has been home to see his girls and wife, Stehpenie.

"She just longs for him to call so she knows he's ok," said Robinson. 

Safe at home now, they're making the most of this short visit. After 5 years of marriage, Sergeant Andrews and his wife are renewing their wedding vows this weekend... strengthening their commitment on the home-front, and helping this East Texas hero make it through the end of this war.

"I couldn't do this without them, I really couldn't," said Sergeant Andrews.  

Andrews has about 7 more months to complete, in his second tour.

Courtney Lane, Reporting  clane@kltv.com

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