Some 500 soldiers from the 124th Infantry Division were deployed from Tallahassee last December, and families say roughly 90 percent of them are still overseas.
Tiffany Whigham uses the power of love to give her strength. Her two-month-old baby Dillon keeps her spirits up while her husband enters his 11th month in Iraq.
"My doctor tried to get him here but he didn't get to come home. He did talk me through it, his buddies donated phone time so he could talk to me," says Tiffany.
Missing memorable moments go with the trade, but families say that's not the only problem and they're asking political leaders for help. They say national guardsmen aren't being treated the same as active duty soldiers.
"We've never asked them to do this since the Korean War, We place them in units where normal army units serve and there are logistical problems that we haven't solved here," says Allen Boyd.
Problems such as lack of supplies and keeping track of soldiers, something Boyd says he'll relay to the pentagon.
"Unfortunately these concerns are true, hopefully we can work it out and send us home," Frederick Pearson says.
Frederick Pearson says he's one of the lucky ones. His name was picked from a lottery style drawing, granting he and five others two weeks off for rest and relaxation, something tiffany can only wish for her husband who has yet to see their first born child.
About a dozen families attended Monday's meeting with congressman Boyd and commissioner Thaell, who say they'll take these concerns up to the pentagon. Tiffany Whigham says she was hoping her husband would return for the holidays, but she received word that it will be another six to eight months before that happens.
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