1st Lt. Chris Stafford of Fairfax, Vt., center, is hugged by his daughter Ella, left, on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 in South Burlington, Vt. About 300 Vermont National Guard soldiers returned Thursday ... more 
1st Lt. Chris Stafford of Fairfax, Vt., center, is hugged by his daughter Ella, left, on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 in South Burlington, Vt. About 300 Vermont National Guard soldiers returned Thursday after a yearlong mission. Nearly 1,500 Vermont soldiers have been gone for about a year, spending nine months in Afghanistan. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Toby Talbot
Thu, Dec 16, 2010 7:34 PM EST