Friends, family, and supporters greeted two East Texas soldiers with a much anticipated welcome home celebration Friday night at the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.
Petty Officer Jason Lewis says there are no words to describe the reunion, "It's just a relief, it really is. I just can't describe it, I can't put into words what it's like to be gone and come home and you know."
Army Nurse Captain Debra Bryant has been imagining this moment for months and tonight it's finally real, "It's just a relief, this is the stop, I'm home. I can see my husband, I can relax."
Bryant joined the Army Reserve eight years ago.
"I just wanted to do my patriotic duty and do what I could to help who was helping me, who was taking care of me," Bryant says.
Both soldiers say having their family and supporters waiting at the airport made the experience even more special.
"This is quite a surprise and I want to thank the patriot guard and everybody that came out to support me, it really means a lot coming home," Lewis says.
"I'm thankful for all of the people that were here to welcome us and life goes on," says Bryant.
Life goes on and Bryant and Lewis say they have a lot of relaxing to do.
"I'm going to have my dogs come, because I have three dogs, and let them kiss me and hug me and I'm going to hug my husband," Bryant says.
"Just whatever I feel like, I just want to wake up and go get something to eat wherever I want to eat and just have that freedom that we fight for," says Lewis.
Petty Officer Lewis is from Bullard and Army Nurse Captain Bryant lives in Tyler.
Sunday, March 9 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-03-10 01:32:37 GMT
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