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-A teary-eyed Jenna Hoffman of Sound Beach welcomes (Credit: Kevin P Coughlin)

-A teary-eyed Jenna Hoffman of Sound Beach welcomes home U.S. Navy Corpsman Devin Hudson at Long Island MacArthur Airport. (June 30, 2012)

Soldiers welcomed home

Soldiers greeted as they return home to Long Island.

Five-year-old Michael Martello of Bohemia, far left, and
(Credit: Kevin P Coughlin)

Five-year-old Michael Martello of Bohemia, far left, and 7-year-old Sophia Amplo of Nesconsett pose with Devin Hudson, a U.S. Navy Corpsman and Sound Beach native, after he arrived home from his service overseas at Long Island MacArthur Airport. The children, who are not related to Hudson, were brought to the airport by their parents who say they regularly honor returning servicemen from overseas. (June 30, 2012)

U.S. Navy Corpsman Devin Hudson receives a warm
(Credit: Kevin P Coughlin)

U.S. Navy Corpsman Devin Hudson receives a warm welcome from members of the Sound Beach Fire Department, of which he was a volunteer. (June 30, 2012)

U.S. Navy Corpsman Devin Hudson receives a warm
(Credit: Kevin P Coughlin)

U.S. Navy Corpsman Devin Hudson receives a warm welcome at Long Island MacArthur Airport from family, friends, retired veterans, and the Islip Town Board. At far left are Devin's parents, Brenda and Ed Hudson of Sound Beach. (June 30, 2012)

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-A teary-eyed Jenna Hoffman of Sound Beach welcomes
(Credit: Kevin P Coughlin)

-A teary-eyed Jenna Hoffman of Sound Beach welcomes home U.S. Navy Corpsman Devin Hudson at Long Island MacArthur Airport. (June 30, 2012)

Sean Evans, left, and Brian Hammel of the
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Sean Evans, left, and Brian Hammel of the 106th Air National Guard spot their families as they arrive at Long Island MacArthur Airport. Evans, of Wading River and Hammel of West Babylon, and five other members of their unit were given a "Hometown Hero" welcome following their return from Afghanistan. (Sept. 19, 2011)

Eric Auletta of the 106th Air National Guard
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Eric Auletta of the 106th Air National Guard greets his dog Mandi and his wife Courtney at Long Island MacArthur Airport. Auletta and six other members of his unit were given a "Hometown Hero" welcome following their return from Afghanistan. (Sept. 19, 2011)

Staff Sgt. Brian Hammel of the 106th Air
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Staff Sgt. Brian Hammel of the 106th Air National Guard is greeted by his daughter Kelsey, 15, son Liam, 9, and his wife, Joanne, at Long Island MacArthur Airport. Hammel, of West Babylon, and six other members of his unit were given a "Hometown Hero" welcome following their return from Afghanistan. (Sept. 19, 2011)

Staff Sgt. Brian Hammel of the 106th Air
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Staff Sgt. Brian Hammel of the 106th Air National Guard is greeted by his daughter Kelsey, 15, son Liam, 9, and his wife, Joanne, at Long Island MacArthur Airport. Hammel, of West Babylon, and six other members of his unit were greeted to a "Hometown Hero" welcome following their return from Afghanistan. (Sept. 19, 2011)

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Sean Evans of the 106th Air National Guard
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Sean Evans of the 106th Air National Guard is greeted by his girlfriend, Sarah Moore, at Long Island MacArthur Airport. Evans, of Wading River, and six other members of his unit were given a "Hometown Hero" welcome following their return from Afghanistan. (Sept. 19, 2011)

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