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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Kevin Camarata, Military Dad Who Dressed Up As Captain America Attends ‘The Avengers’ Screening

May 05, 2012

Last month, we premiered an amazing homecoming video of a father dressed as Captain America surprising his young son on his birthday. Soon after, a representative from Disney contacted us, hoping to get in touch with the Camarata family. They wanted to fly the family out to the NYC premiere of The Avengers at the Tribeca Film Festival! We were so excited for the family, and immediately put them in touch with Disney.

Check out the story from the Huffington Post:

Last month, military dad Kevin Camarata returned from Afghanistan just in time for his younger son’s birthday. A surprise homecoming would have been a great gift on its own, but he went one step further and swept in, dressed as a superhero — Captain America. When he removed his disguise, mom caught the tear-jerking moment on camera, uploaded the video to YouTube and it (unsurprisingly) turned into Internet gold.

What happened next? Disney caught wind of dad’s heroic moment and surprised him right back. They invited the entire family to a special screening of “The Avengers” at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 28th.

Camarata expressed his gratitude in a touching interview. “This was incredible… When we put the video on the Internet nothing like this was even considered,” he said.

He also revealed the backstory about his big surprise. Originally, dad’s reveal was supposed to take place at his son’s birthday party. He just happened to show up for breakfast at home instead. Clearly, this superhero had perfect timing.

We’ll hopefully have more images and video from the event to share with you all shortly… Stay tuned!


Welcome Home Blog’s Monthly Donation: April 2012

May 05, 2012

Hey Welcome Home Bloggers! As you all know, revenue generated from the advertisements you see on our site and YouTube channel go to a different charity that serves our military, its veterans, and their families each month. We wanted to let you know a little bit about the charity that April’s donation went to… Homes For Our Troops.

Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization was founded in 2004. They are strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001. It is their duty and our honor to assist severely injured Veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and to coordinate the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.

The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the Veterans that they serve.

Charity Navigator, one of the premiere charity rating agencies in the country, has reviewed Homes for Our Troops finances and awarded them with its highest rating of 4 stars.

Charity Navigator analyzes the most recent four years of a charity’s finances in areas such as percent of funds spent directly on programs, overhead costs and other important factors that measure if a charity is prudently managing the funds entrusted in the hands of a charity. Homes for Our Troops received a score of 68.96 out of a possible 70 points – a grade of 98.5%

If you would like to help Homes For Our Troops in their mission, please head over to And, as always, let us know about any organizations that are important to you by reaching out on the contact page.

Thanks to everyone who has sent in their amazing videos last month. It is you who makes these donations possible, and who keeps this community alive!

Sincere Thanks,
Welcome Home Blog


U.S. Air Force MSgt Surprises His Wife and Daughters at National Cheer Competition

May 04, 2012

“My husband gave me and my girls the surprise of a lifetime. We were competing in Myrtle Beach, SC at a cheer competition. When it was time for awards, they announced that our girls’ team had won! Then the surprise happened… My husband showed up a week early after being deployed for 6 months. We truly had no idea, and this surprise took a ton of planning from the hotel, to the cheer company, to some dear friends. He literally flew into Fayetteville, NC, was picked up by our friend and was driven to Myrtle Beach, SC all within 30 min of the awards ceremony!”

-Michelle W.