LAS VEGAS -- Tears, hugs and plenty of welcome home posters greeted members of the Nevada National Army Guard as they returned home after a nearly year-long deployment in Afghanistan.
The families gathered in the Mandalay Bay parking lot Monday morning to wait for their loved ones. It's a day many hoped would come.
"I don't have to worry at least anymore about getting any calls from the military or getting a call from my soldier that he's been injured," said Melissa Schalles, wife or returning guard member.
"It's been emotional, it's a roller coaster. The fortunate thing is that every now and then we would hear from him," said Elizabeth Kent, sister of guard member.
Members of the Nevada Army Guard returned home Monday to a heroes welcome and were greeted by the wives, children, mothers, fathers, and siblings they left behind. The 250 guards provided counter intelligence and security while in Afghanistan.
"I was pretty overwhelmed when I got home. It's definitely an excitement to come home to your family," said Julio Gallo, Nevada National Army Guard.
Some solider's say prayer, pictures, and promises served as a reminder of home. But for the Buri twins, a piece of home was everywhere they turned because they served together.
"It was good, at least we had somebody to talk to if we had any problems," said Gary Buri, Nevada National Army Guard.
"For me this is amazing and I thank God that my son is coming back from this job that they do," Said Teresita Moran, mother of guard member.
Receiving orders the day after boot camp, Nick Moran has been away from his family for nearly two years. Now, back on American soil, Moran says he just wants a cheeseburger.
"I promised them I would come home, I'm back, I kept my promise," said Moran.
An official welcome home ceremony is set for Wednesday afternoon.