A celebration is underway at the Candanoza home. Wednesday afternoon, family and friends welcomed home Army Sergeant Fernando Candanoza. Candanoza is home on a two-week leave from serving in Iraq. It may be a short time, but Candanoza's mother Nancy says it gives her a sense of relief. She says, "At least he's safe for a couple of days."
Nancy Candanoza says she can't wait to make her son some tamales and he says he can't wait to eat them. Fernando Candanoza says, "Being away, I want to just enjoy my family, spend time with the kids, my sisters, relax and eat some real food."
Candanoza will spend the next two weeks in Lubbock, then return for another eight months in Iraq.
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