Hugs for daddy: Air Force major comes home to family of 3 in San Antonio

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by Rogelio Mares / KENS 5

KENS 5

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 9:18 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- "I'm here to pick up my husband who's coming in from Afghanistan," Emily Grandberry tells an airline attendant as she waits for her husband, Air Force Major Michael Grandberry, at the San Antonio International Airport.

Grandberry's joined by her 2-year-old son, Atlas, and son Leo, 1. Each of them has waited for this special moment for a grueling six months.

"We've missed him everyday," said Grandberry. "And we're so proud of him for his service, and thankful, and just nervous and cannot wait to see him today."

The boys have anticipated seeing their daddy so much that they made him a sign. Their mom said they share a 'daddy doll' and have even practiced their hugs on each other, trying to perfect them for dad.

"I could cry thinking about it, but I don't know what's going to happen when it actually happens," said Grandberry.

Then it happens. American Airlines flight 2286 from Dallas lands at 9 a.m. sharp.

After a few minutes, Major Grandberry makes his way down the airport stairs and towards his family. Emotion erupts.

"It's just good to see the family," Michael manages to say. "It's been a long trip, but I'm finally back."

Happy Fourth of July, sir.

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