Soldiers returning home from Afghanistan
BATON ROUGE - Families were reunited with soldiers returning from Afghanistan on Saturday afternoon.
Members of the Louisiana National Guard's 927th Engineer Company were flown into the Baton Rouge airport after being away from their families for a year.
The unit is based in Baton Rouge and deployed more than ninety soldiers across seas to operate route clearance operations for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Melissa Storm, a mother who was reunited with her son, says there were days she didn't know if he was going to come back home or not.
"It was bad. It was a lot of crying nights and wondering and stressing and not watching the news because you were afraid if you'd get a call. Scared if the phone rings. It was bad," said Storm.
But when she saw him step off of the plane, she knew he was ok.
"It was just a moment like...when he was born I waited for him for nine months and when he got off that plane it was like he was reborn all over again to me."
More than two thousand U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan.
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