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Local Marine, USO director react to troops coming home

By Alison Parker
Published On: Feb 12 2013 04:51:57 PM CST

"It's amazing. It's one of the most amazing feelings," said Major Brian Mulvihill, a Marine based at Camp Lejeune.

He recalls what it's like to come home.

"It's an amazing feeling of jubilation when the bus pulls into the parking
lot, and the families come running over," Mulvihill said."
     
There's good news for military members like him. President Barack Obama plans to announce in his State of the Union address that 34,000 troops will come home from Afghanistan within the next year.

USO Director Deborah Fisher says she's excited for military members to come home to their families. Fisher knows what it's like to have a family member deployed.

"You hold your breath during the entire deployment, and once they get home
and they're on American soil, and you can see and touch and feel them, then
you can exhale," Fisher said. "So it's a seven-month, 10-month, 12-month waiting to
exhale."

Mulvihill deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. He's going overseas again to help with security measures before troops start to withdraw.

"The marines and sailors over there are doing a great job, and I'm happy to go over there to move a football along a little further and close out the mission," Mulvihill said.