Operation Welcome Home Maryland opens its arms to U.S. troops

Operation Welcome Home Maryland greets incoming troops from the theater of war, making sure their first encounter home is positive.

Holding her 10-month-old son Drew Jr. and 2 1/2-year-old daughter Lauren, Cheryl Lauer of Alexandria, Va. welcomes home her husband Drew after a six-month deployment in Qatar at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. She said it has been really tough with the two little ones, since her husband left two weeks after she returned back to work from maternity leave. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Holding her 10-month-old son Drew Jr. and 2 1/2-year-old daughter Lauren, Cheryl Lauer of Alexandria, Va. welcomes home her husband Drew after a six-month deployment in Qatar at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. She said it has been really tough with the two little ones, since her husband left two weeks after she returned back to work from maternity leave. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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