WALLAND (WATE) – Ann Wolfe and her husband Sgt. Charles Byerly said they are grateful to spend the holidays together after Byerly spent nine months in deployment.
He was an aircraft mechanic in the Tennessee National Guard’s 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron.
Byerly returned home the day before Thanksgiving.
“To see my wife when I first got home was extremely emotional and it continues to be that,” he said.
Wolfe and Byerly have been married for more than 20 years and Wolfe said she was grateful they were fortunate enough to be able to communicate regularly while he was overseas.
“It was a tremendous comfort to just hear one another’s voice and to affirm our love and to just check one more day off the calendar,” Wolfe said.
Byerly was gone for nine months, spending seven of those months in Afghanistan.
“I was very proud of the fact that my husband answered the call to duty,” Wolfe said.
The couple said they never forget the military families that haven’t been as lucky and may have lost loved ones.
A Missing Man’s Table sits in their kitchen in honor of fallen men and women in the armed forces.
“We do that in honor of those that have gone before us,” Byerly said. “Those who have come home and those who have not made it home. Those that were killed in action.”
Byerly said he made it through the long deployment thanks to his faith, family support and loving wife.
“I want to thank my wife and I have many times for being such a wonderful wonderful bride,” Byerly said.