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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hundreds more Minnesota National Guard members are returning home to friends and family Wednesday.

The Red Bulls — as they’re known — are arriving at different locations around the state.

The folks at the Armory in Bloomington say they are so excited to have everyone back. This is the second wave of soldiers from First Brigade Combat Team with the 34th Infantry Division, who’ve been helping with the draw down in Iraq.

“It was great to be there at the end of the war, to see everything shut down with such efficiency,” said Lt. Seth Miletich. “Pretty long war.”

This was the first time Miletich was deployed. He’d been away for about a year.

Overseas, he was part of a convoy escorting people in and out of Iraq. His wife Bethany says she’s excited to have help taking care of their two little girls.

“Just moving on with life,” she said. “Your life kind of goes on hold for a while — he’s gone, you can’t, because they’re missing, I don’t know, life just isn’t complete.”

Miletich said he’s ready to get back to his normal life.

“Things have changed while I’ve been gone, but the military has prepared me to make that transition back into civilian life now, and I’m excited and ready for it,” he said.

Miletich says he’s ready to take some time off before getting back to life as a civilian.

There are homecomings across Minnesota today including here in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Duluth and other communities.

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