Minnesota soldier-senator ends deployment just in time for Thanksgiving — and birth of son
(Tribune News Service) — Minnesota state Sen. Zach Duckworth appears to have had a blessed Thanksgiving.
The Lakeville Republican, who also serves as a major in the Minnesota Army National Guard, returned home from his deployment in the Middle East Wednesday afternoon. Less than 24 hours later, he wasn’t just celebrating Thanksgiving, he and his wife Carly were holding their newborn son, Leo.
Leo, the couple’s third child, was born at 10:54 a.m. Thursday at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville.
In a statement, Duckworth said:
“It’s truly a Thanksgiving to remember. To get back from overseas just in time to be present for my son’s birth is a remarkable blessing. I’m so thankful to my amazingly strong wife and supportive family, friends, and neighbors for their help, well wishes, and prayers. We’re also very thankful for the expert and professional doctors, nurses, and staff at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. I also want to acknowledge my brothers and sisters in arms serving our country at home and abroad who often can’t be present during important life events. We owe them and their families a debt of gratitude that can never be fully repaid.”
Duckworth was allowed to return for the birth and volunteered to return to the Middle East immediately, but since his deployment was close to ending, he was released from active duty and can stay with his family, he said through a spokeswoman.
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