Welcome home, Buck

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 08:58 AM.

The Watfords’ two children, who were babes the first time Buck was deployed, wrote letters which were read by son Chase.

Daughter Haley was three when Buck was first deployed – she has graduated college and is a teacher, like her father and mother.

She wrote of the pride she feels every time her students recite the Pledge of Allegiance to begin class. She wrote of her mother’s steadfast determination to keep the home front normal.

“Mom played both roles and she never let us know that she was worried or scared,” Haley wrote.

She added that the deployments had brought the family closer and how blessed she felt to have a father willing to sacrifice so much to serve his country.

“I am thankful and proud to be an American,” Haley wrote.

Chase called his father, “The strongest man I’ve met. You are a true man of excellence, a true man of service.”

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