CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - It's always a heartwarming scene, when one of our American heroes returns home. A group of veterans from East Aurora makes sure that's the case.
The honor guard from the East Aurora American Legion Post 362 gets together and salutes members from all branches of the Armed Forces when they arrive home. Many of them are Vietnam vets who want to make sure today's heroes get the welcome home they didn't.
When he's not deployed, Sgt. Jarrod Trulin is part of that honor guard. Monday, though, he was on the other end. His kids held a sign welcoming home their dad, along with other friends and family.
About 15 members of the honor guard saluted as Sgt. Tulin made his way off the gate. It was an emotional moment. He was almost immediately choked up as his kids ran to hug him. It's been a long time away from family and he was overcome by the support on Monday.
"Means everything. That's what we're here for. I've been a member of this post for eight years. I've done it with them. For them to do it for me, it means the world to me. I haven't seen my wife and kids since November. I just want to go home," he said.
Sgt. Trulin isn't home for good. This is just a 15-day leave and this is his third deployment to Afghanistan. He plans to spend time with his family and mow his lawn.
Since 2007, the East Aurora honor guard has welcomed home 250 western New York military members.
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