Grand Valley Troops Back In Colorado, No Grand Junction Homecoming Date Set

A group of local soldiers is back in Colorado after a year–long tour overseas, but when they will return to Grand Junction is still unknown. An exact date for the soldiers' homecoming has not yet been released, currently the 143rd Signal Company of the Colorado National Guard is at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs after serving more than a year in the Middle East.

They are expected to return to the Grand Valley within a week, however, the Colorado National Guard is not releasing details about the homecoming, but it should be public information about their exact return date within a week. Initially there were rumors the party may be cancelled because protestors were allegedly planning to attend the celebration, however Phyllis Derby with "Homefront Heroes" says this is not the case.

The troops deployed in April of 2004, and many haven't seen their families for more than a year. This is standard procedure for when troops return. In addition, she says the homecoming has not been cancelled and says even if protestors came to the rall, she doesn't believe they would do anything negative toward our troops.

The soldiers are currently going through what is called a "debriefing." The military wants to make sure soldiers receive all the help they need when they return. Since they're taking them from a combat zone, and throwing them back into normal civilization, it's just a procedure to help them with the transition.

"Homefront Heroes" is getting ready for the company's return. Starting this weekend they will begin placing yellow ribbons along roads. 11 News will bring you the latest on the homecoming as the information becomes available.

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