A Hero's Welcome: 100 Soldiers Return Home

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By: Garin Flowers
May 22, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - If distance makes the heart grow fonder, then these hearts are pretty warm.

On Tuesday, big bend area troops serving in Afghanistan poured into the Tallahassee Regional Airport for a mission to go home.

We met Carolena Henderson as she waited for her husband.

"I feel like there are butterflies from my stomach to my throat, I don't know whether to smile or cry," Henderson said.

Not long after... They were reunited.

"Just a relief, it's so exciting now. Now we'll just go home and enjoy life, take it from here," she said.

There were 144 soldiers deployed from the Tallahassee Unit back in July of last year.

They returned home at different airports around the area.

Some little ones haven't seen their parent in almost a year and you can tell by the sprint into their arms.

"Exciting, heartbreaking," said Michael Jordan, one of the troops returning home.

Staff Sergeant Christopher Dunsford was also ecstatic to see his kids and wife. "It's unbelievable. I almost couldn't stay in my seat on the airplane, you know?"

Some of the soldiers said they plan to go on vacation and others said they'll just go home and relax.

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