Troops who served with the National Guard’s 114th Transportation Company in Afghanistan had returned from their nine-month tour, but were ordered not to speak or otherwise interact with family members on arrival. Well, things didn’t work out quite as planned, at least for one of the troops.
As troops waited in line to receive orders at the airport, three-year-old Cooper Waldvogel ignored the protocol, ran up to the troops and straight into the arms of his mom Kathryn who could do nothing to contain her emotions. She told told USA Today:
I was longing to hold him, that’s all I thought about. It just melts my heart.
As Ms. Waldvogel returned from her tour, it was to be the first time in 18 months her son Cooper would have both his parents together. His father Adam had returned from his own nine-month tour in Afghanistan with the 850th Horizontal Engineers in December of 2013. So, understandably, little Cooper could wait no longer.
The Waldvogel family will now be based together in Chisholm, MN, so they can make up for lost time. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Kathryn Waldvogel, 25, dropped her military stance to cuddle three-year-old Connor after returning to Chisholm, Minnesota, from a nine-month tour with the National Guard in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
2. The troops had been told not to interact with family members but Connor took charge of the event.
3. Kathryn and Cooper had spent nine months living together alone while Adam Waldvogel was on tour.
4. Kathryn said she could not stop thinking about Cooper as she got closer to being discharged.
5. This is the moment Kathryn was awarded a medal for taking part in this year’s Boston Marathon.
And here is the video:
Video courtesy of KARE 11.
Source: USA Today.
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