Deployment is hard not just for the member of the military but for their family as well. Things became even harder when COVID-19 and restrictions prevent military members from coming back home.
Tyler Jenkins, a Senior Airman in the U.S. Air Force, was deployed to Japan for two years. He and his mother, Kim, are extremely close, so the time apart was extremely difficult for them both.
Kim, who lives in Ohio, was counting down the days until she’d see her son again, but she had to wait even longer due to the pandemic. Every time Jenkins was supposed to come home, it would get delayed again.
After two years away, Jenkins finally received word that he was able to return home. He knew he wanted to surprise his mom, so he worked together with his girlfriend and his mom’s partner to plan something special.
He called his mom and pretended that he was still in Japan and said he had no idea when he would be coming home. Little did Kim know, he was already back in the states.
Her partner texted her that she needed to come home from work early. When she arrived home, she opened her garage to find her son standing there.
She started screaming before she even got out of her car, ran and jumped up on him and gave him the biggest hug. She was so happy to finally see her son after two years apart.
Watch their heartwarming reunion in the video below:Whizzco