LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Welcome home signs still hang in Cassandra Schubert's family's home. She's home for Thanksgiving, but soon she'll be gone. Her family says they miss her already.
"Because I told her this morning you know this is the first time in years I've got to tell you Happy Thanksgiving, and it means a lot to me," said Brenda McClain, Cassandra's mother.
On Sunday night, Scubert's family awaited her safe return. Her mother, looking forward to this moment. "I'm your favorite child!" said Cassandra, while smiling at her mother.
Schubert paints a very different picture of her Thanksgiving last year.
"Thanksgiving, I was in a cold tower doing guard duty and they brought us a meal and they were like here you go," she said.
But Schubert is built tough. Remember, she is a U.S. Army soldier. "I've been in the army for four years so you get conditioned from being away from home," said
But for this soldier's mom, being away from her daughter is painful. "That's her family while she's over there and when she gets back home we going to love her to death and let her know we missed her while she was gone," McClain said.
In a week, Schubert will begin her travels back to Iraq. Her family will remain here, but she will carry this Thanksgiving memory wherever she goes.
"I'm thankful for it because a lot soldiers, most soldiers don't get to come home for the holidays," Schubert said. "It's real hard to get a slot."