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Military mom reunites with toddler in emotional airport homecoming

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 9/12/2018 Kamron Taylor
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As Air Force Staff Sergeant Chelsey Speicher returned from her first deployment, she wasn't sure how her young son would react. Chelsey was stationed in Jordan for 6 months, leaving behind her husband and 2-year-old son, Bennett.

She and Bennett talked every other day on FaceTime for the entirety of her 6-month assignment. Chelsey says thinking of the moment she'd get to see her son again is what got her through each day. 

Chelsey was particularly nervous about how her toddler would react when he saw her again. But when the moment came, Bennett gave her a huge hug, then grabbed her face because he couldn't believe she was real. 

The whole family came to the airport to welcome Chelsey home but it was Bennett's reaction that truly melted his mother's heart. 

Ready for more? If you can't stop watching heartwarming homecoming videos, see the special moments in the reunions below.

Homecomings that make us grateful for our country’s military

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