We all know our veterans are heroes and deserve the recognition they get on Veterans Day and every day. However, we happen to have a soft spot for one particular subset of vets — moms and dads who often sacrifice many precious days of parenting to serve our country.
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1. It's a happy moment for this father and son
Tina Wilson Leagult
This is my son Chase who was 4 at the time seeing his dad 1SG Jeremy Legault for the first time after a year long deployment to Afghanistan.
2. One more hug before Dad goes off to serve.
Rey Marty Marquez
United States Air Force Master Sergeant Reymundo Marquez III saying bye to his 3-year-old son Leo.
3. Goodbyes are never easy.
This was a goodbye between my daughter, Halle, and my husband as we left him off after basic training graduation for another 6 month training. We got 12 fabulous hours with him that day!
4. First time meeting dad.
This was taken when my husband came home after his 9 month deployment. We had our son while he was gone and even though he came for a short time after he was born it was great knowing he was home for good!
5. Savoring every second.
Amanda Nance Mills
Saying goodbye to 2 week old daughter to go back to Afghanistan.
6. The wait is over.
My son Marc Carle returning from Iraq 2 weeks ago. His wife and son just a year old . Thankful he returned safe after 8 months
7. There's nothing like being held by mommy.
CPT Kathryn Citino with her daughter Francesca.
8. Dad is home!
This was when we picked my husband up after he'd been away for training for the Army. Our daughter was 2 at the time. He is active duty South Carolina Army National Guard and prior service Marine Corps.
9. So happy to see both mom and dad!
Candace Bourgeois Wood
Hugs to mom and dad who both serve.
Candace Bourgeois Wood
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10. Reunited with baby boy.
Me with my oldest son Lincoln. I separated from the Air Force while I was pregnant with our 3rd and we realized that Lincoln had autism and needed mommy around more often. His daddy is currently serving in Korea.
11. There's nothing like a hug from dad.
Homecoming 2013. ShutterHappy Photography was there to capture it all for us!
12. Back in daddy's arms.
My husband, 2 time veteran SSGT. Christopher Weaver and our daughter Addison.
Erin Michael Jolliff
Daddy and his baby girl, 18 years in the Navy Seabees, several deployments, go Navy!
14. This dad made it home just in time.
Josh made it home just in time (literally) to see the birth of our baby Lola.
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15. Baby on the way.
In my super flattering maternity tent : )
16. All together again.
My Air Force husband Austin and our sweet baby Kennedy. He has done tours in Iraq and Afghanistan!
17. Just like dad.
Like father, like daughter.
Like mother, like daughter.
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19. Smiles for dad.
A father daughter reunion.
20. It's a family affair.
Yaskara Thera Lewis
Very old photo, but it's my favorite. My husband and 3 boys, the day he left for Afghanistan. 2006.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on Nov. 10, 2014 on TODAY.com.