A hug eight months in the making is a pretty special thing.
Naval Airman Dominick Valencia has been gone from home for eight months – this time.
He’a been away from home for most of the last four years since his high school graduation in Roseville, but not Friday night.
“I’m feeling great. It’s good to be home,” he said.
“Oh my God I felt like I couldn’t even breathe. The breath was gone from me. I’m so happy right now you have no idea,” said Valencia’s wife Kristin about seeing him walk off the airport tram.
“Everything that’s gone on in the Persian Gulf, yeah we’re worried every day, but now we’re not. He’s home,” said Valencia’s father Vance.
“He’s doing everything for our freedom, just so, we’re so very proud of him,” said his mom Carrie Valencia.
Between the Navy and Army, Valencia’s father, and uncle have also spent years in service to this country – something each wouldn’t trade despite the dangers.
“The experience that he’s getting in life right now..you can’t beat that,” said his dad.
For the first night home it’s all about hugs and laughter
And the kind of experience you can’t get in the military – a welcome home carne asada barbecue with the whole family.
Dominick will only get to enjoy his family for ten days and then he has orders for another deployment.