Local soldier reunites with his wife and family

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HASTINGS, Neb., It's a reunion for the books.

"I'm so glad. I've been waiting for this day for over a year. It doesn't seem real yet," said Lindsey Rust of Hastings.

But it is. Last July 4th Lindsey's husband was deployed overseas so quickly after their wedding they didn't get to have a honeymoon.

The soldier says he felt as if he didn't get a true chance to say goodbye to all his loved ones.

"There were a lot of people at the wedding that didn't know I was leaving so quickly. It made a happy event kind of sad for my family," said Travis Rust of Hastings.

Travis worked as an ammo chief and truck driver in Kuwait and Iraq. Meanwhile his wife was back in Hastings trying to stay strong.

"There were a lot of days where I questioned 'how am I making it through this by myself? I was still in college and it was pretty difficult," said Lindsey Rust.

Even though leaving his wife, mother and the rest of his family was one of the toughest things he's had to do, Travis said it was his duty to serve his country and those in need.

"People need to go over and help. Civilizations over there are being berated and beaten down. We're over there trying to help them and assist them to have a better life," said Travis Rust.

The soldier says there's a chance he may be deployed again in the future, but for now he's focused on spending time with his family and three dogs.