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Soldier Mom Surprises Daughter She Hadn't Seen in a Year & We Can't Stop Crying (VIDEO)

by Mary Fischer on January 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

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Well, if you're in need of a good cry this morning, look no further than the story of a soldier mom who surprised her daughter at school with her homecoming from Afghanistan -- after being gone for an entire year.

Veronica Velasquez gave her 10-year-old little girl, Jamie, the shock of her life when she came to pick her up from school -- something Jamie most definitely never expected in a million years. The emotional reunion between mother and daughter was planned by Veronica's sister's boyfriend, Victor Sosa.

Watch what happens after Veronica knocks on the door of her daughter's fifth grade classroom and walks in to greet her. Keep in mind that you are witnessing a mom being reunited with her child after not seeing her for a YEAR.

Ok, I'll give you a minute to stop crying and collect yourself. (Actually, it took me at least five to get it together after watching that clip.)

I tend to get a little bit emotional anytime I watch one of these military reunion videos, but this one struck a much bigger chord with me as a mom. I just couldn't get the thought of Veronica being away from her child for an entire year out of my head, because it's something I simply can't imagine.

Ever since my son was born, I've always missed him whenever I'm away from him. And for whatever reason, those feelings of longing to be with him have only gotten stronger and stronger as he's grown up. He's almost seven now, and I have a tough time leaving him even for a couple of days (even though I know alone time is necessary for every parent.)

But every time I do leave, I literally get butterflies in my stomach when I'm about to be reunited with him again -- so I can't even begin to imagine how fast Veronica's heart must have been racing when she walked into that classroom and saw her precious daughter running up to hug her. I'm sure neither one of them will ever forget that moment for the rest of their lives.

(Great, now I'm crying again.)

What is the longest stretch you've ever been away from your kids?


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Filed Under: elementary school, military


  • Evaly...


    January 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I was away from my daughter for a week one time while my husband and I took our very first vacation(ever!) to Las Vegas. Missing her almost ruined the whole trip for me. I cried more than I'd like to admit... :(

  • court...


    January 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    She was gone for the whole year?  So no 1/2 tour R&R like every other solider that is deployed to the desert?  Plus I cannot understand why would you want to keep your homecoming away from your kids?  I have friends that have done this and I just don't get it---for us knowing when dad was coming home and counting down the days made the time pass and help my boys understand better.

     Sure sure dates change but when they do we adjust. 

  • Samantha
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    January 18, 2013 at 5:32 PM
    I have a 2 yr old daughter. We live with my mother at the moment, we run in home daycare together. My daughter & i have always co-slept, and ive always been home with her. She is independant & secure, never having seperation anxiety. Ever. I miss her when she decides to stay the night with my mom or in her own room (moms room is just downstairs, im pathetic. Lol.) and ive only left her with a sitter when it was absolutely necessary. Im definately too clingy. Taking her to dinner with my partner except special occasions, took her to the theater til she grew out of her infant carseat. I forsake going to the movies for now, soon enough shell be old enough to handle it again. Lol. I cant imagine spending a year, a month, a week, a weekend, not even a night in a different house. Of course shes only 2. The older she gets the easier it gets for me to WANT to be away from her for a while.. But still. I just couldnt do it. Theres no one else i trust to do my job as well as i do while im away. Thats not to say i dont
  • Samantha
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    January 18, 2013 at 5:33 PM
    Know wonderful people, and dont trust anyone, i am just weird i guess.
  • David...
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    David B Cordick

    January 19, 2013 at 4:03 AM
    is there anyone under the age of sixty that are married with children. all you see anymore are single moms. ladys keep your legs crossed and make sure the guy really cares. this is disgusting anymore
  • Mothe...


    January 19, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I'm not married but I'm still with the father the all 3 of my children. 

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