U.S. troops in Afghanistan mark holidays away from home

12/23/2012 | USA Today

American service members in Afghanistan are mustering some holiday cheer -- troops in some areas have decorated trees, and military chaplains are conducting Christmas services. Soldiers are also able to reach out to family members through their laptops and smartphones. "When we're here, we try to put the family aside and not dwell on being away from them," said Capt. Ray Davidson, a base chaplain. "And then Christmas comes."

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