ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The hugs, tears and squeals say it all.
"You miss them. You miss them. You think about them all the time," Desiree Brown said.
Twenty-six Florida National Guard members are home after a tour in the Middle East. They've been gone since last June -- so they couldn't be happier about the welcome.
"We're definitely grateful to see this big crowd come here today," Capt. Enrique Martinez said.
Among them was 5-year-old Tyler. When his mother got off the bus, it was an emotional scene.
"Just joy that I can be back and I can be his mom and play the role and you can have here in my arms, just like this. It's just everything," Spc. Michelle Dupree said.
The 2153rd Financial Management Detachment deployed in support of Operation New Dawn. They made sure soldiers had no problems with their paycheck -- and even provided both American and foreign currency.
After a thank you for serving, the troop was dismissed and relinquished to families.
It's a moment many won't forget.
"So glad to be back," Dupree said.
The unit was very efficient overseas. We're told they did more than 9,000 financial transactions.