Uniontown soldier makes it home for Thanksgiving

UNIONTOWN - It was special Thanksgiving day for millions of families across the nation, but in Uniontown it was one a family there says they'll never forget.

Thomas Pritchard, originally from the Akron area, is in the Army and stationed in El Paso, Texas. Pritchard's wife was pregnant with her second child and traveled from Texas to Ohio so family could help with the pregnancy, which meant Pritchard would have to travel to Ohio if he wanted to see the birth of his second child.

The problem -- Pritchard said they already saved enough for a plane ticket home during Christmas. They weren't able to afford a second ticket home for Thanksgiving, until a special organization stepped in.

The organization is called Operation Homefront and works to support service members and their families. 

The organization, with the help of donations made from purchases of Josh Cellars wine, paid for nine service members to be home with their families this Thanksgiving.

In Uniontown, that included Pritchard who said otherwise, this would have been his sixth Thanksgiving away since joining the military.

"Thank you. It's nice to know that there's people out there that still care. I mean everybody says, you know, support our troops and everything but it's not always that way," said Pritchard.

Grateful to have her husband there, his wife Stephanie said, tearing, "… it lets us know that not everybody thinks we don't deserve things because we chose this life. And I get that a lot, ‘You chose to be an army wife.'" 

"Yeah," she said, "but everybody chooses their life and you still deserve the good things too."

Little Kira, Pritchard's second child and first daughter, was born one day before Thanksgiving. Their son Ethan is 2 ½ years old.

For more information on Operation Homefront, click here .

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