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Soldiers say goodbye before deployment to Kuwait

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MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) -For soldier Tracy Hood, leaving her husband and daughter is proving to be a bigger mission than the one that lies ahead.

"It's hard leaving them but knowing that they will get by and the community supporting us, it means a lot" said Hood.

Hood will spend a year in Kuwait, while there, she will miss out on a lot of memories.  

"She made the cheer leading team this year so I'll miss her cheering, this is her first time doing that, this is their last year in middle school, then they go to high school, I'm going to miss the last year of that" said Hood.

For Anastasia Sylvester and Crystal Broussard, it will be time for two sisters to work and serve together.  

"We are all brothers and sisters in this, we are all a military in one, it's a blessing to have a biological sibling here, that's always great to have but at the end of the day, we all have to stick together" said Broussard.

Once the sisters arrive in Kuwait, they will assist with maintaining and upgrading buildings and road construction, General Glen Curtis says day one is tough.

"It's one of the toughest days you'll ever spend, when you're saying your final goodbye because you're not sure what the future brings, you know it's always tough" said Curtis.

Crystal Broussard hopes her children see her as a hero. 

"I'm doing this for them, for my country, so that they can look at their mother and be very proud of me someday" said Broussard.

As the Hoods and other families shared one last kiss, that bittersweet moment turned into a moment of honor.  
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