Christmas in Iraq Feeling the love 6,000 miles away

Lori Nickel, Montgomery Messenger

The Christmas holidays-full of fanfare, family traditions and parties-can be a bitter-sweet holiday for many of the U.S. military personnel stationed far from home in Iraq through the season. National Guard Specialist Amie Rudd is one such soldier who will spend the holiday season 6,000 miles from her home, her family, and her new husband.

Amie, 24, daughter of Dale and Debbie Simon, grew up in rural New Prague and attended the New Prague Area Schools. After high school, Amie joined the U.S. National Guard and went to college at St.

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