Wounded Puerto Rican troops get a holiday break

AP News
Posted: Dec 20, 2011 7:07 PM
Wounded Puerto Rican troops get a holiday break

Nearly 20 wounded Puerto Rican soldiers are getting a chance to spend the holiday on the island with their families.

Puerto Rico National Guard officials say they flew home 19 soldiers for a short break from medical treatment. Maj. Gen. Antonio Vicens says some time at home with their families will help them recover from wounds sustained in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.

The National Guard and Army Reserve troops men stepped off a military cargo plane Tuesday to embraces from a small group of comrades and relatives. Some have been away from home for more than a year. They will have to return to the "wounded warrior transition units" at different locations in the U.S. after Jan. 2.