Boothe family spends long-awaited Thanksgiving at home

The family is valuing their time at home this Thanksgiving. (Photo: WJLA)

A Haymarket military couple has a lot to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving.

The Boothes are home in Haymarket this year, but they haven't been this lucky in years past, when several family members were overseas.

Jaspen Boothe, a captain in the Army National Guard, and her husband Jammell, a Marine corporal, have spent previous Thanksgivings in places like Kosovo and Iraq.

This year, though, they're at home.

"Any time you're able to be with them, tuck them in at night, is just a blessing," Jaspen says.

Jaspen tried to keep in touch by talking with her family over Skype, but she admits it's never the same as the touch from her two sons or the smell of turkey cooking in her kitchen.

"My family is and will always be everything to me...the reason I get up every morning and go to work," Jammel, who was deployed to Iraq three times, says.

2011 marked the last year that nearly 20,000 American troops will spend Thanksgiving at Iraq's eight bases.

Jaspen is still active and helps female veterans who are struggling, and even more who are homeless.

"It comes with the job," she says. "It's part of our service."