By Daniel Woolfolk/
Feb. 7, 2013

Veda Palms, of Fort Valley, GA, hadn’t seen her son, Sgt. Alre Palms for about 14 months. She waited for him as he deployed for a year to Afghanistan’s embattled Helmand province. So, understandably, she was anxious to find him as he got off a bus early Thursday morning on Camp Pendleton and was lost in a sea of some 230 returning Marines.

Once she found him, she gathered her family and ran into an embrace and kissed her son.

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