[VIDEO]Mom’s Home! Toddler Ignores Protocol to Run Into Soldier’s Arms

by Cassy Fiano | September 18, 2014 1:18 pm

Being separated from your loved ones for months and months on end can be one of the most difficult things for military families to endure. And after a nine month deployment, one little boy decided he just couldn’t wait anymore to hug his mommy.


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As Kathryn Waldvogel, 25, stood in line waiting to be dismissed from the Minnesota National Guard’s 114th Tranportation Company after serving nine months in Afghanistan, her son, Cooper, couldn’t wait any longer. Soldiers had been instructed to hold off on saying hello to family members until they were formally dismissed, but Cooper had other ideas as he ran across the auditorium at the Inver Grove Heights Training Center and jumped into his mother’s arms.

… This is the first time in 19 months that the Waldvogel family has been reunited under one roof, as Cooper’s father, Adam Waldvogel, 26, served in Afghanistan with the 850th Horizontal Engineers in the National Guard before returning in December.

“He’s the definition of resiliency, that’s for sure,” Adam told KARE about Cooper.

With the deployments for Kathryn and Adam overlapping, it’s been more than a year and a half since the two have seen each other and been with their son.

There is nothing like the feeling of holding someone you love in your arms after being apart from them for months, scared that they won’t make it home. And that’s why no one can blame this little guy for ignoring protocol to be with his mom again.

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