For the “Welcome Homes” that Never Happened

Many of you don’t know that my brother is in his second tour of duty in a combat zone. Maybe that’s why this video, of Sgt. Jeremy Cooney arriving home from Afghanistan, touched me so much. His son, who has cerebral palsy, learned to walk during his deployment as a surprise for his dad.  As you watch the video of Sgt. Cooney seeing his son walk for the first time, let’s also remember the men who never got to be welcomed home.

Thank you, military families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  You are in our hearts today.

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  • conservativemama

    Beautiful. The love in that moment was off the charts. What a terrific family. A father who protects us and a mother who takes on the world while he’s away. Wow.

  • bellagrazi

    Oh my gosh, that made me cry! Thank you so much for sharing this video, Bristol. Please thank your brother, Track, for his service to this great country of ours. He’s a true patriot. As are all of our military men and women. We salute you.

  • Paulette

    This is an excellent video! I cry with every video I see where a serviceman/woman returns home! Tell Track & his wife how much we appreciate their service to our country! We will continue to pray for God’s hedge of protection over him. My son was in Iraq, now back at Ft Campbell, and I know how difficult it was for his wife and children when he was gone. (Hard for me too!) The entire family is affected. But without their service & sacrifices, we wouldn’t live free in the great country of the United States of America!

  • CJ

    BEAUTIFUL video, Bristol! GOD BLESS that precious child and his family.
    GOD BLESS and protect Track and all our troops and bring them home soon.
    Time for more Kleenex………………Seems I can’t visit here w/o a box! :)
    oxo

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  • http://!!! Tim Kelley

    I was passing out literature to invite people to our churches Vacation Bible School a few yrs back. The guy at the apartment complex asked gave us a hard time. I informed him —”ummm ….my family members shed their BLOOD on the battlefield for my right to do this…!!” All of the sudden he was very cordial and wished me a good day:)! I think of all those who i know who have made this country the free-est on earth and i thank them for their service. We do not need the Europeans influencing our democratic republic- they are all about control- especially controlling the churches and beleivers. Obama seems to value world opinion (especially EU) more than the opinion of the average American. The Europeanization of America in terms of governance(ie. Socialism) will take away freedoms. A wise man I once knew said socialism is communism without the gun at your back. This election will be a tipping point. I pray God the blood our soliers have shed will not be in vain due to the anti-americanism of our OWN politicians who are betraying this country and our heritage. I look at Arlington Cemetary- the main symbol on the majority of the graves are CROSSES. And yet we are told we are NOT a Christian nation?!? To a large DEGREE We were! The citizens with gray hair(like my parents) KNOW the TRUTH. Maybe the younger generation has been brain washed to think Christianity had no influence over the formation of this country. Very sad. I fear for our country. We are being sold out to foreign interests. I would like to know HOW MUCH of the bail out money made it’s way overseas. My understanding is quite alot of it did. While cautious, I am always optimistic that we will rise to defeat the enemies of freedom, as this has been our great MANY, many times. Hopefully God will have grace on us and overlook the the fools that delight in ignoring Him in Washington. It’s time we looked to the Good Lord to help with our problems intead of praying to Obama “which art in the White House”. We ALL need to check ourselves to make sure we are not abusing our blood bought freedoms. Are we educating our children in regard to our UNIQUE ONE OF A KIND , NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD Heritage? or are we letting them become mindless consumers and thinking America is no different than any other country. Even with all the blemishes of of our history, I would GLADLY compare the record of America with ANY Country/ empire that has ever existed. The Communists killed more of it’s citizens in ONE DAY, than we have in 200 + years. Same goes for all of the other countries. When they point to the skeletons in our closet they have NOTHING to brag about. Most of them are a THOUSAND times worse- the hypocrites. I raise a glass and a prayer for the fine fighting men and women, past and present, of this last best hope in the world- the USA!! May we be FOREVER FREE!!!

  • http://!!! Tim Kelley

    CORRECTION: I was passing out literature to invite people to our churches Vacation Bible School a few yrs back. The guy at the apartment complex gave us a hard time. I informed him —”ummm ….my family members shed their BLOOD on the battlefield for my right to do this…!!” All of the sudden he was very cordial and wished me a good day:)! I think of all those who i know who have made this country the free-est on earth and i thank them for their service. We do not need the Europeans influencing our democratic republic- they are all about control- especially controlling the churches and beleivers. Obama seems to value world opinion (especially EU) more than the opinion of the average American. The Europeanization of America in terms of governance(ie. Socialism) will take away freedoms. A wise man I once knew said socialism is communism without the gun at your back. This election will be a tipping point. I pray God the blood our soliers have shed will not be in vain due to the anti-americanism of our OWN politicians who are betraying this country and our heritage. I look at Arlington Cemetary- the main symbol on the majority of the graves are CROSSES. And yet we are told we are NOT a Christian nation?!? To a large DEGREE We were! The citizens with gray hair(like my parents) KNOW the TRUTH. Maybe the younger generation has been brain washed to think Christianity had no influence over the formation of this country. Very sad. I fear for our country. We are being sold out to foreign interests. I would like to know HOW MUCH of the bail out money made it’s way overseas. My understanding is quite alot of it did. While cautious, I am always optimistic that we will rise to defeat the enemies of freedom, as this has been our great heritage. If we are DEPENDING ON and TRUSTING IN God and humbing oursevles and confessing our sins then He will bless us (despite our politicians.) Abraham Lincoln as the citizens of our country to do this MANY, many times throughout his Presidency. Self sufficiency is a good trait but not when you are so self sufficient that you no longer ultimately depend on the Almighty. Hopefully God will have grace on us and overlook the the fools that delight in ignoring Him in Washington. It’s time we looked to the Good Lord to help with our problems intead of praying to Obama “which art in the White House”. We ALL need to check ourselves to make sure we are not abusing our blood bought freedoms. Are we educating our children in regard to our UNIQUE ONE OF A KIND , NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD Heritage? or are we letting them become mindless consumers anwho think America is no different than any other country? Even with all the blemishes of of our history, I would GLADLY compare the record of America with ANY Country/ empire that has ever existed. The Communists killed more of it’s citizens in ONE DAY, than we have in 200 + years. Same goes for all of the other countries. When they point to the skeletons in our closet they have NOTHING to brag about. Most of them are a THOUSAND times worse- the hypocrites! I raise a glass and a prayer for the fine fighting men and women,( past and present), of this last best hope in the world- the USA!! May we be FOREVER FREE!!!

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    I know what that Photo feels like first hand,U Betcha…

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  • Tony Malliris

    A Marine: Our Marines………………………..Once a Marine, Always a Marine

    America sometimes we forget, the pain and struggles of our Service Men and Women. Sometimes we don’t understand, quite how hard the struggle is, to fight and die for something that you truly believe in. But America, I tell you remember who has Fought and died your freedom and where you are today. These Men and Women have walked through distant lands, charged through Hell. Many Men and Women came running out, unfortunately some did not. But there was no Marine left behind!! For in this family there is trust, support, honor, and courage. And your brother or sister standing next to you, and they always know where they fall…..

    There will be a helping hand, no matter the cost, for these Marines are shaped and molded into the ones that we depend on each and everyday. And these Men and Women, lay comfort to our souls and lay rest to the fallen and understand the sorrows of out hearts. So don’t ever forget, who might be fighting and dying for your freedom right at this moment…..God Bless our Marines

    Once a Marine, Always a Marine

    For my Fallen brothers, Your are missed but never forgotten, But will always be Hero’s….Semper Fi


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