Soldier returns home to Tulsa for some R and R

Wednesday, December 3rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A Green Country soldier is one of nearly 30,000 on home soil, thanks to the military's largest R-and-R program in history.

US Army Sgt Jason Duncan's family has waited nine months to see him. He's been serving in the Army's 4th Infantry Division, in a town near Tikrit in Iraq.

He's home just in time for his son's 2nd birthday and for the birth of his second child.

Like thousands of soldiers, Duncan paid for the last leg of his trip home, but he says he would’ve paid just about anything. “Go see Daddy. Right to Daddy. There's your Daddy. Give him sugars. You missed him didn't you [laughs]?"

The Pentagon announced plans to begin reimbursing US forces for their travel expenses all the way home. That will cost $55-million, but is priceless as a morale booster.