Regardless of political stance, no one can deny the joy felt upon seeing our troops coming home safely. Welcome Home Blog celebrates these amazing military homecoming reunions. Visit daily for heartwarming stories, videos & pictures of members of our armed forces returning home to surprise their families & friends.

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U.S. Airman Surprises His Son As A Belated Birthday Present

August 02, 2013

“My husband returned from a 6 month deployment last week.  This was his 9th deployment!  Our son turned 7 the weekend before, and the only thing he kept asking for was for daddy to be home.  We didn’t get to surprise him on his actual birthday, but he and our daughter were more than shocked with the late birthday present! :-)”

-Rhianna S.


U.S. Marine Surprises Mom & Sister on Christmas Eve

July 30, 2013

After telling his mother (me) he couldn’t make it home from deployment after over a year and a half of being away, Michael came home and surprised me and his sister on Christmas Eve. Lidiya asked all of us to sit in the living room because she had a message from Michael to read to us and this is what he said:

“Hey, everyone. I asked Lidiya to do me a favor and read this message. I want to let you know that I love each and every one of you very much. I would give up everything to be home with you all this Christmas. It’s really hard being away from family during the holidays. Mom, I got your surprise; Jocelyn gave it to me this morning. Thank you so much. It really helps being able to open gifts, but I want to tell everyone something. Christmas isn’t about the material things like the presents under the tree. To me, it’s about being with your family and being thankful to have one another and to celebrate Jesus’ birthday, so I asked Lidiya to give everyone a hug and kiss for me. I sent everyone a gift. You should be getting them soon. I’ve been tracking them, I hope you all like it! Tomorrow, on your Christmas Day, I’m going to try and Skype with everyone. I want to see you all open gifts, so this way I can feel like I’m there. Well, I have to get going now. I love you all so much! I hope you have an amazing Christmas and I’ll talk to you soon. I just have one last question to ask… Do you Believe in Santa? Because I do… The only thing I asked Santa for this year was to be home with my family. SURPRISE!!!!!

And he came walking into the living room! “OH MY GOD!” haha.  Can you count how many times I said it? I hope you enjoy our video. I was in complete shock.  The best surprise EVER!

-Laurie C.


Navy Chief Surprises Wife at Cheesecake Factory After Deployment in Afghanistan

July 29, 2013

“After a year long deployment in Afghanistan, I decided that I wanted to surprise my wife and daughter as I came home.  This was also the first time she saw me in my new uniform since I had been promoted to Chief Petty Officer during deployment.

Originally, I had planned to have the surprise at our church with 500+ people sharing in the surprise.  A week prior to my arrival, my wife told me she had to work on the day I had planned and she wouldn’t be at church that day.  So, I had to enlist her dad’s help to get the family to the Cheesecake Factory a day early.

The staff at the Cheesecake Factory was extremely accommodating and helped me walk in behind a team of waiters.  Their white uniforms helped me blend in as I surprised my wife in my full dress white uniform.  My wife’s face was priceless! She was absolutely surprised and her expression was total shock.  Today we’re both thankful that we are home together with no additional deployments in the foreseeable future.”

-Matt L.