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Returning Soldiers Reflect on Afghanistan War
Today marks the 11th year since the United States first deployed troops to Afghanistan.
Eleven years later, US military deaths reach 2,000 --- a reminder of the sacrifices that have been made.
Its the little things for the Kuetemeyers that matter -- like being together -- especially when pieces have been missing.
"I guess the uncertainty, because you really don't know what's could happen," military wife Vicki Kuetemeyer said.
Lieutenant Colonel Clayton Kuetemeyer returned home to his duties as husband and dad after returning from Afghanistan 11 months ago.
"Being able to sit down Sunday afternoon -- watch the game, pet your dog, hold your wife's hand, those are the things soldier miss," Clayton Kuetemeyer said.
He was deployed to work with a bilateral embedded support team.
"All the sacrifices people have made is a big deal," Clayton Kuetemeyer said.
A sacrifice that's being remembered.
Sunday marks the 11th year since Operation Enduring Freedom began, aimed to help the Afghan government.
Many troops from home are still there.
While soldiers continue to come home, they adjust to a new normal.
Clayton Kuetemeyer's love for his kids has not changed, but something that has is peace of mind.
"Even though we're worlds apart from the Afghan culture, or other cultures out there, people are not always that different," Clayton Kuetemeyer said.