Those who decide to enlist in the armed services are making a big sacrifice.
And so are their families.
Families have to spend long stretches apart from their loved one who is serving while having to worry about their well-being and safety the entire time.
So, it’s quite an emotional experience when they are finally reunited.
In addition to the joy of being in the presence of your loved one, its feelings of worrying and longing come to an end.
Airman First Class Ally Rosen’s family was so excited to see her that she got tackled to the ground by one of them.
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Rosen, who followed in the footsteps of her father who also served in the military, had been away from her family for five months before arriving at the airport.
“There she is,” said dad, who was holding the camera.
Mom and sister hurried over to her but her sister and best friend Emmy got to her first.
She grabbed her sister up in a great big hug that made the two of them tumble to the floor.
Mom just kind of waited her turn and had to nudge her daughter into breaking away from her sister and getting herself a hug.
“We did everything together basically her friends are my friends, we would just do anything basically I would never be bored and then when she left I was like now what am I supposed to do,” Emmy explained.
“Quarantine made us extremely close because we were stuck like glue. I think it was the letters you wrote me on the plane that said: ‘You are my hero’ that got me. I was like ‘I can’t fail now,'” Rosen said.
So, that’s why the two women were over the moon to see each other.
But there was another person who also needed to get a hug in.
“Sisters reunited. mother and daughter reunited, and eventually, she’ll remember that she has a father standing there,” dad said from behind the camera. “Is it OK if I hug my little girl?”
And their hug was also very special because of their closeness.
“My dad was an E4 in the army and I’m an E3 so I’m right behind him. I look just like him anyways but in the uniform it’s a spit image. So, to be in the same uniform that my dad was in all those years ago, it’s just a good feeling.”
Rosen plans to continue her service in hopes of one day surpassing her father’s rank and have her father one day salute her.
“I’m not in the military anymore so, I’ll never salute her!” dad said.
But Rosen seems pretty determined. Her goal is to become a staff sergeant in the next six years.
She also got to surprise her grandparents on her visit.
She just about scared the wits out of her poor grandma.
Last on her stop was her best friend Marlee and their reunion was just as sweet. You can watch Rosen’s happy homecoming in the video below.
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