Wednesday was an emotion day for soldiers in Central Pennsylvania.
Two dozen National Guard members returned home to Fort Indiantown Gap after a year’s deployment in Kuwait.
Wives, girlfriends, husbands, kids, and even dogs were there to welcome members of the 55th Army Brigade home.
The Benge family showed up early to blow up balloons and get their signs ready for a very special homecoming.
Emotions were high as the buses rolled in and Elizabeth embraced her husband, Seth, for the first time in almost a year.
“I love you, I love you too,” they said to each other.
He teared up when he tried to describe what this moment means.
“I don’t know how to describe it, it’s not really a feeling you can describe just being away for that long and seeing your wife and family — nothing compares? — yeah exactly, nothing that you can describe it as,” says Seth Benge.
His wife says she can finally take a breath of fresh air.
“I’m very relieved that he’s home, I’m very happy,” says Elizabeth Benge.
And Benge’s son, is glad he’s no longer the man of the house.
“Now he can help me with all my boy scouts and everything I need help with lately,” says Joe Benge.
It was Benge’s 5th deployment.
But soldiers say it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been on the front lines, the homecoming is always sweet.
“A whole year of being deployed and coming home and seeing it come to an end with all my family and friends here, it’s a great time,” say soldier, Ryan Bast.
Soldiers also spoke with FOX43 about the possibility of the United States going to war with Syria.
Although it’s the last thing they want to think about as they’re welcomed home, they’ll be ready if the US takes action.
“It is what it is we have to take it in stride you know we have people that are assessing the situation and stuff and we trust their decision and we just stand ready to act,” says Bast.