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Operation Welcome Home: A Time for Rebuilding, Encouragement, and Connection

July 24, 2019 06:51 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Meet National Guard Company Commander Nate Burr, who knew at a young age he wanted to serve his country, "Grew up around the military - my grandpa served, my father served, my uncled served... I just had a pride for service growing up. Ever since I was four years old, that I can remember, I wanted to be in the military."

Flying helicopters to be exact, which is exactly what he did during his last deployment in Kuwait, "It was a combat zone so it was a little bit different, what we were doing. The mission was more real... it wasn't a training mission and it was for a longer period." 

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Nate was overseas for nearly a year, "My wife was mom and dad for a year straight, twenty four seven... never got to take a break. And being here we're actually able to relax a little bit."

And taking the advice from others who had been in the same shoes, the Burrs signed up for a week long family camp at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, "It's 100 percent family focused and I think that's what makes it such a valuable week for returning soldiers."

The event was put on, in part, by Operation Welcome home. The goal is connect military families and rebuild a sense of normalcy and know they are not alone, "It was a big moment, you could see it in my kids when those two very similar in age kids came up and said 'my mom was deployed' to be able to see that connection for them to go 'oh wow,  you know, I'm not in this alone.'"

Not to mention, Nate got to show his kids something he saw first-hand while deployed in the Middle East, a real-life camel, "I always talked to the kids, sent them pictures and tobe able to walk up and pet a camel that is here, Clyde the camel, he's a very friendly guy, that was amazing because the kids got to connect a little bit with what we got to do when I was overseas." 

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Blaise Keller

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