LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - They leave everything behind to serve our country. Often waiting for a sign from home.
"For somebody just to take their time and you know send us something as little as socks, candy bars or something; it just makes you really feel good and have a piece of home with you," said Andrew Crager, a soldier home.
"If you can visualize what the excitement they get when they receive a box at the other end, that bit of home comes through," said Lucy Burris, with American Legion Auxiliary.
As Jarrod Christmas packs for his first deployment, he said the hardest part was making it all fit.
He said the unknown is on his mind. "Being homesick kind of worries me a little bit," said Christmas, waiting for deployment. "I mean this is the first time I've really gone overseas, so I really don't know what to expect."
From someone who's served in Iraq twice, Crager said care packages gave him a glimpse at his family's life at home.
"I leave and they're small and I come back and they're growing and I miss all of it so that's another thing with the care package, they send you pictures of that stuff and it makes you feel good," he said.
Four generations of Christmas' serving their country, now it's Jarrod's turn. "Just to serve my country and know I'm doing my part is you know good enough for me," he said.
While Crager is now home for good, he said care packages carried him to this point.
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