Military moms' surprise homecoming reunion

February 01, 2019 07:10 PM

ALBANY - It was an emotional and long-awaited surprise reunion for two sisters and their children on Friday. Staff Sergeant Jessica Gonzalez and her sister Specialist Erica Gonzalez both serve in the Army National Guard and had been deployed with the 101st Expeditionary Battalion since March 17, 2018.

"I'm overwhelmed with a lot of joy. When I left he was not this big. I can't believe he got this big," said Erica.

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The sisters surprised their children at Hackett Middle School on Friday afternoon. Erica's son Christopher and Jessica's daughter Bree are both in the sixth grade. The principal at the school called them both out of their classrooms at the same time and once in the hallway, they saw their moms.

After a lot of tears and hugs, they talked about how they were able to keep in touch during the deployment.

"We call sometimes. We Facetime sometimes. That's the only way we can get in touch," said Christopher.

"A lot of communication back and forth. Thank God for modern technology, a lot of Facetime videos --  a lot. There's an eight-hour time difference, so trying to maintain that balance, work, be able to call and speak to her, she'll call me sometimes three, four in the morning my time over there," said Jessica Gonzalez.

For Jessica, this was her second deployment. She previously deployed to Afghanistan for a year when Bree was just six years old.

Erica says they are planning a special family vacation to celebrate their homecoming. 


Jacquie Slater

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