THV Extra: Cost of freedom, the Clagett's story

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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) Twenty one National Guardsmen and women took to the air Sunday. The 2nd Battalion 238th Air Ambulance deployed to Kosovo Sunday morning from Camp Robinson on a one-year peace keeping mission.

    "We'll be doing MediVac missions for the NATO troops. You know, transferring them to other facilities or picking them up at the point of injury and then taking them to a medical facility," says Staff Sgt. Jerry Clagett.

    Freedom comes at a high cost, a cost Staff Sgt. Clagett and his family are willing to pay.

    "It just seems like it's here so fast. Like it doesn't feel like its really coming and then it's here," says Doris Clagett.

    Staff Sergeant Jerry Clagett will spend one year in Kosovo. One year away from his wife, Doris, and 5 year old daughter, Ava.

    "Rumor has it that we're not getting mid-tour leave so it may be next summer before I come home," says Staff Sgt. Clagett.

    "Last time he left, it just felt like things didn't feel together. They feel a lot more together this time. I don't know if it's just because we've done it before," says Doris Clagett.

    At 9 o'clock Sunday morning, the time came to say their goodbyes. With tears in their eyes, the Clagett's shared one last hug and kiss.

    They are 21 guardsmen fighting for our freedom and 21 families fighting back tears.It will be 365 days before they meet again. The price for freedom they are willing to pay.

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