The unit left Tallassee Nov. 3 for training in Indiana and had been scheduled to spend Thanksgiving in Indiana.
But donors provided $20,000 to charter five buses to return the unit home from Camp Atterbury for Thanksgiving.
The donations included $10,000 from the Alabama Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The president of the 158th Family Group, Kathy Martin, says the
families are grateful they will be together again before the unit
heads to Iraq in December.
A National Guard spokesman says the exact arrival and departure
times have not been determined.