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Military wife plans benefit for soldiers in Afghanistan

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Nabors' husband is deployed with the 1-167th in Afghanistan Nabors' husband is deployed with the 1-167th in Afghanistan
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

More than a hundred soldiers with the 1-167th Charlie Company Infantry Battalion deployed to Afghanistan over the summer.

One military wife wants to make sure those soldiers know they're appreciated.

Huntsville resident Kari Nabors married her husband, Sergeant Tyler Nabors, in December. But within six months, he was deploying overseas to Afghanistan.

"I'm incredibly proud of what he's doing," Nabors said.

But it is not easy for Nabors and countless other military wives who share her situation.

"The best thing you can do as a military spouse is to stay busy and Kari has definitely outdone herself staying busy," said Kristie Grund, whose husband is also deployed in Afghanistan.

On top of raising two young children, Nabors manages the 19th Hole Sports Lounge in south Huntsville. This is where she's organizing a benefit for soldiers with the Cullman-based infantry company.

"We roughly have about 105 soldiers in his company that we are trying to get an individual package to each one of them," Nabors said.

She hopes to send the care packages just in time for Christmas, but shipping them overseas is not cheap. It can cost $13 to ship a single package to Afghanistan.

So the Lounge will donate half of its sales on Saturday to help pay for the packages. The event will feature a silent gift auction that includes a brand new refrigerator, a 32-inch TV and a football signed by Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.

Nabors' friends want to help spread the word.

"The choices you do have, is whether to be proactive or be depressed. And I chose proactive and evidently Kari has as well," Grund said.

Grund's husband is also deployed with the 1-167th in Afghanistan. This is the second deployment that she and her family have endured. Grund is the mother of two young and two older children.

She and Nabors said they think about their husbands every minute of the day but they want every soldier who is still serving overseas to know they're not forgotten.

"They need to know this community still supports them. They need to know it's not all for nothing," Grund said.

The benefit kicks off at the 19th Hole Sports Lounge on South Memorial Parkway in Huntsville at 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday night.

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