As some U.S. troops receive emotional homecomings just in time for Christmas, many others stationed abroad find ways to celebrate far from their families. Vanessa Johnston reports.
On Christmas Day, a little slice of home for U.S. troops stationed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Nats -- Families cheering While these Louisiana National Guard troops were lucky enough to make it home for the holiday... (SOUNDBITE) (English) MOTHER OF SOLDIER SAYING: "It didn't feel like Christmas until we saw him." ...many other military families are being forced to spend it thousands of miles apart. In Kabul, Afghanistan, Army Sergeant Amy Johnson says she's used to it. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARMY SERGEANT, AMY JOHNSON; SAYING: "I miss being with my husband and my family but we have been doing this for many years now so we still get to 'FaceTime' and other things like that for Christmas." And while Sergeant Jere Ross can't be with HIS family either, he did get a very special phone call at Bagram Airfield. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SERGEANT JERE ROSS SAYING: "Hey, Mr. President, merry Christmas, how are you?" Whether at home...or abroad...troops are finding a way to celebrate.