Troops heading home for holidays - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Troops heading home for holidays

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

If you happen to venture to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the next couple of days, you're sure to see a lot of camouflage. Thousands of servicemen and women are taking advantage of Holiday Block Leave.

Holiday Block Leave is the time during the holidays when servicemen and women go home for rest and relaxation. Buses pulled in by the droves, and after getting a proper Christmas greeting with a candy cane, they were processed and free to go.

"We have 4,500 military passengers checking in and the first bus arrived at 2:30 this morning. And we are processing it through Delta check-in and getting them home for friends and family," said Perry Venturo of Delta Air Lines.

Some friends and family could not wait to see their loved ones.

"I could not recognize him with the haircut and the way he was walking tall," said the father of one soldier, Mike Vickers.

The USO office at the airport is the place some soldiers go to get something to eat and kick up their feet and relax before they catch their flight home. Many said they couldn't wait to get home.

David Smith of the U.S. Army told FOX 5 his sister picked him up in Atlanta. He said he didn't have to worry about a flight and he could get home faster.

Most the young soldiers have not been in the Army more than a couple months, but they are missing home and know what they will do when they get there – eat and sleep. While the Army does feed them, there's nothing like a good, home cooked meal.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Get educated with online classes

    Get educated with online classes

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-09-15 16:40:23 GMT
    Ever wanted to take classes but thought you didn't have the time or or you couldn't afford it? Well with more and more online options out there, you do and you can. And many of them are free.
    Ever wanted to take classes but thought you didn't have the time or or you couldn't afford it? Well with more and more online options out there, you do and you can. And many of them are free.
  • Good Day Explores The Wide World Of Gourds

    Good Day Explores The Wide World Of Gourds

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-09-15 15:36:21 GMT
    There's a chill of fall in the air, but that's not the only sign of the approaching change in season. Right now, pumpkin patches are opening around the region -- and whether you're planning on carving
    There's a chill of fall in the air, but that's not the only sign of the approaching change in season. Right now, pumpkin patches are opening around the region -- and whether you're planning on carving or cooking, there are dozens of varieties to choose from. Good Day Atlanta's Paul Milliken has a look from Dawsonville.
  • Good Day Atlanta

    Teaching your kids the value of money

    Teaching your kids the value of money

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-09-15 15:22:34 GMT
    We've all been tempted to buy that extra toy, or give those extra few dollars to our kids to buy something on impulse...but are those the best habits to pass along?
    We've all been tempted to buy that extra toy, or give those extra few dollars to our kids to buy something on impulse...but are those the best habits to pass along?
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices