For any soldier being deployed, it can be incredibly difficult to come to terms with not knowing when or if they’ll go home. But for those with children, it’s even harder to leave knowing that even if they make it home, they’ll have missed so many important milestones in their child’s life.
“The deployment isn’t bad. It’s being away from Brody that’s so hard. I’m missing so much and missing the milestones in his life is difficult,” said Georgina Walton, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force who has been deployed for the past seven months in Asia.
So when Walton found out she was finally going home, she wanted to do something special for the occasion and surprise her six-year-old son Brody. “I grew up going to the RiverDogs games. I looked to see when the games were and there was one the day after I came back. I talked to the coaches and they let him throw the first pitch of the game,” Walton said.
Walton patiently watched as Brody threw the first pitch of the game, then came running out onto the field to hug him for the first time in months. “He was super wide-eyed. He couldn’t believe it. He just wrapped his arms around me and hugged me for a long time.”
“It was exciting but very emotional,” Walton said. “I felt like I was gone forever. I got to see him and give him a kiss. I’d been waiting for that.”
Watch the entire video below to see this little boy’s amazing reaction when he sees his mom for the first time in months.
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