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Friday, December 23, 2011

Military Family Together For Christmas, But War Stays With Them

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Lincoln resident Tami Nordman and her children James, Jr. and Hope are hugged by Nebraska Army National Guard Sgt. James Nordman after returning home with members of his unit, Company C, 2-135th General Support Aviation Battalion, at the National Guard air base in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday morning, November 19, 2011. Ninety members of the unit arrived home to be greeted by hundreds of family members and friends after a nearly year-long mission to Iraq. (FRANCIS GARDLER / Lincoln Journal Star)

For the first time in three years, the Nordman family of Lincoln, Nebraska is spending Christmas all together as a family. Sgt. Jim Nordman of the Nebraska Army National Guard returned home from Iraq with his unit, Company C, 2-135th General Support Aviation Battalion on November 19th.

His wife, Tami, and his two children, 8-year-old James, Jr., or JJ, and 9-year-old Hope were the first ones to reach the plane as the soldiers walked onto the tarmac.

While it was Jim Nordman’s fourth deployment overseas since 2001, he isn’t the only military member of the family. Tami returned from her own deployment in August 2010, just before Jim returned to Iraq. Now the whole family is together.

But the Nordmans say the wars they fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are never far away. They both struggle with the lasting impact of being in a combat zone, and they say their biggest mission now is making sure their anxieties don’t have an adverse effect on their children. They say both kids have undergone counseling to deal with their concerns about having a mom or dad who was constantly in harm’s way.

This Christmas, they are looking forward to spending time together, and beginning to reestablish the daily routines of a family.

Guests:

  • Jim and Tami Nordman, Nebraska National Guard

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