LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Milli Butler's daughter is serving in Iraq, but not for long. Army Captain Taneshia Johnson and roughly 40,000 of her fellow soldiers will come back home very soon.
Friday, President Barack Obama announced all American forces will leave Iraq by the end of the year.
"Our troops will definitely be home for the holidays," said Obama during a press conference.
Butler says today's annoucement is encouraging news. But reality won't set in until she sees her daughter face-to-face.
"That's the best Christmas present that a mom could recieve," said Butler, "I not only pray for her. But I pray for all of the troops who are serving for our country."
The conflict in Iraq has killed thousands of American men and women, including Saline County native Kevin Morehead.
Jim Morehead is Kevin's father. He found out about the pull out while watching the President on television.
"I have a number of people who are friends of mine that are over there now. So get them all out of harms way. They have done their job and they need to come," said Morehead.