It’s hard to beat this holiday gift. This season, the nonprofit group Operation Homefront partnered with Wal-Mart to help 500 active-duty service members come home for the holidays and spend time with their loved ones.
Read their stories and watch their emotional reunions below.
Colonel Robert Sanders
Robert Sanders of the U.S. Army reunited with his two sons, ages 8 months and 3 years on Dec. 18 in Kansas City. “Robert’s 3 year-old son Donovan calls him every night to see when he will be coming home and was so excited to have his dad home for the holidays,” says Operation Homefront. “During his visit, Robert will also be a part of his son, Bennett’s first Christmas and spend time with his dad, sister, brother, grandparents, aunt and uncles whom he hasn’t seen in over a year.”
Private First Class Raheim Daniels
Daniels greeted his wife and 6-month-old son, as well as his mom, sisters, and friends, in New Orleans on Dec. 19. He’ll be a part of his son’s first Christmas, and he’ll also have the chance to spend time with his father, who recently battled cancer.
Do you know a soldier who’s home for the holidays? Share your homecoming stories in the comments!