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Video: Surprise servicemen homecomings

If you finish watching this short video of servicemen surprise homecomings with dry eyes, you have no heart.

This remarkable collection of clips reminded me of my own surprise return from Iraq for my two weeks leave. After walking in on my daughter Kelley, I took her phone and called my daughter Katherine.

I had called my kids regularly since I deployed, so the conversation continued normally until Katie asked, “Hey, how are you calling me from Kelley’s phone?”

A split-second later she realized what had happened and started scream-crying, which started my own gushers.

Terrible things happen during military training and, of course, during overseas deployments. In my experience, the chance that I could have been killed was understood, but never spoken.

For the troops and their loved ones, coming home means the unspoken can remain unspoken.


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Neil W. McCabe is the editor of HE's "Guns & Patriots" e-letter and was a senior reporter at the Human Events newspaper. McCabe deployed with the Army Reserve to Iraq for 15 months as a combat historian. For many years, he was a reporter and photographer for "The Pilot," Boston's Catholic paper. He was also the editor of the free community papers "The Somerville (Mass.) News and "The Alewife (North Cambridge, Mass.)." Email him: Follow him on Twitter: @neilwmccabe.