Louisville, Kentucky-There is a lot of joy and happiness for many families of Servicemembers of the 223rd Military Police Company. Recently, there was a homecoming ceremony to welcome their heroes back from their duty serving overseas.
The large reunion of friends, family and loved ones took place at the Kentucky National Guard Base. It was a happy event, with many smiles and tears as the members of the 223rd Military Police Company prepared for a well-deserved rest and relaxation leave.
While this was the second trip to Iraq for many of the Servicemembers, esprit de corps and enthusiasm is high in the unit. Many of the members are ready to go back when the call comes after their time at home.
Hard economic times, great pay and benefits, along with 30 days? leave per year, are all factors that help financially strapped families make it in the National Guard.
Service in the U.S. Military also offers full medical and dental coverage for spouses and families. This, along with overseas and wartime pay, can make service in the National Guard and Army Reserves, along with other units in the U.S. Military, pretty darn attractive.
Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini and Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Dan Mongiardo were both on hand to welcome the troops back home. By working to train Iraqi troops and forces in Police procedures and methods, General Tonini said that the Kentucky Guard Soldiers enabled the Iraqi people to live in a free society.