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Top 3 tips to welcome your brave U.S. military member home

Date Created: 10/25/2011

Top 3 tips to welcome your brave U.S. military member home. With the recent announcement that thousands of U.S. troops will be leaving Iraq to come home for the holidays, families around the country are scrambling to get everything ready for their loved one's return. Just being home with his family will be enough to put a smile on your soldier's face, but there are a number of ways to give your gathering added aesthetic impact to make it absolutely unforgettable. Keep a few of these tips in mind to give your serviceman or woman a wonderful welcome.

1. Line the path to your home with banners. You've probably seen your fair share of signs on roadways around the country commemorating a soldier's safe return home. Imagine how it would feel for your loved one to see something like that on his way to your house! Hang a personalized banner on a bridge overlooking a road on the way to your home and place other pieces of flair along the route. Your loved one will already be waiting with anticipation, and this will surely tug at his heart strings.

2. Whip up his favorite meal. After being deployed overseas and eating the cuisine that is cranked out by military mess halls, your serviceman or woman will be in need of a home-cooked meal. Put some time and effort into making one of his favorite meals and use party tableware, catering supplies and imprinted napkins to ensure that clean-up is less of a chore. You can also put out an assortment of his favorite snacks and beverages that he may have missed when he was away. Anything you can do to help him transition back into his home life will be a fitting gesture for the gathering.

3. Surprise him with a photo collage. Whether your loved one has been deployed for six months or multiple years, creating a photo collage of all of the important events that transpired at home can help him get acclimated very quickly. Set it up near the door when he walks in so he can see everything he gets to look forward to in the months ahead.

American military members will be returning home in droves this holiday season, so make sure you're prepared and ready to greet your special someone when they come back stateside.  


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