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Since 1848, Fort Bliss has been where U.S. soldiers toil, train and sweat under the strong Southwest sun before departing for battlegrounds around the world.

It has also been where their loved ones grieve upon hearing the worst possible news from the war front — including in 52 cases over eight years of fighting in Iraq.

Such heart-wrenching returns from that Middle Eastern nation will soon become history. President Barack Obama announced Friday that the vast majority of the more than 39,000 U.S. troops now stationed in Iraq, including about 3,500 from Fort Bliss, “will definitely be home for the holidays.”

Source: Martin Savidge for CNN.

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