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Operation Welcome Home Helps Military Families Reconnect

October 20, 2018 11:58 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Families carved pumpkins, went horseback riding and flew down zip lines. 

9-year-old Ariel Nelson says the best part is spending time with her family, "Being happy that my dad is home and being able to do a lot more stuff with us," said Ariel.

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Mike is currently serving as part of the 133rd Security Forces Squadron.

So he isn’t always home, "He's deployed all the time. He's been gone quite a bit since we've been married," said his wife Tracy Nelson.

That’s why these moments of horseback riding and pumpkin carving are precious.

"Having the work schedule that we do--having time to separate and dislocate from the rest of the world and just focus on family is just surreal,” said Mike.

That’s the goal of “Operation Welcome Home”.

"They can come together and slow down and actually reconnect as a family and have some fun times together," said Executive Director of Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, Tracy Bashore.

It also gives them a chance to meet other military families.

"This weekend is about coming together with other families who understand what they are going through and they can say hey we're not alone now. We have people who can talk about this," said Tracy Bashore. 

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Talia Milavetz

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