LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - While families gather this Christmas holiday all over the country, some families will have their loved one serving our country overseas in the U.S. military.
Over 1.3 million military personnel are serving the country in over 150 countries across the world, according to the Department of Defense.
By the end of 2016, the U.S. military will have 5,500 troops in Afghanistan. It's just a fraction of the U.S. forces stationed around the world. The largest group of troops are stationed in Japan with 48,828, according to the DoD.
The Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System has released holiday messages from soldiers serving abroad, including 7 from East Texas.
Mobile users, click here to see our East Texas soldiers serving abroad this holiday season.