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Camp Atterbury Members To Return Home For Christmas

Last updated on Monday, December 14, 2009

(EDINBURGH, IN) - Author Stephen King and his wife have arranged for members of the Maine National Guard to return home from Camp Atterbury for Christmas.

But the price tag made Stephen King a little squeamish: $13,000. It wasn't the amount, but rather the number "13" itself that bothered him.

The Kings instead donated $12,999 and a personal assistant chipped in the extra dollar to come up with the requested amount.

The money will help pay for two bus trips, one from Camp Atterbury to Portland, Maine and one from Camp Atterbury to Bangor.

The unit was scheduled to remain at Camp Atterbury until their January 2010 departure to Afghanistan.

Even though they had a few days off for the holidays, they didn't have the means to return home until Stephen and Tabita King stepped in.

A spokesperson for the Kings said the money came from their personal accounts and not their foundation which Doesn't make donations for travel expenses.

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