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A mother and a soldier

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

It doesn't matter if it's a hundred soldiers or just one every homecoming is special. Specialist Veronica Scott has been serving in Afghanistan for a little more than a year. On Wednesday night she returned home to family, friends, and her baby boy.

It was an emotional reunion for Scott and her family, but there was one little guy who was a little happier than the others.

"Its been a long year in Afghanistan and to come back to my son and my family is very exciting," said Scott.

Scott's sisters have been helping take care of her one-year-old son Tahjmir while she has been serving in the U.S. Army.

"He calls her mom, but he calls me mom also and I know for a parent that's got to be hard, but just the little things with him growing up. I've had him since he was six months old," said Lajuana Scott-Hicks, Veronica's sister.

"I couldn't even fathom being away from my kids for a year... A little over a year. I don't think I could do it," said Felicia Morales, Veronica's other sister.

During her most recent tour she has missed Tahjmir's first birthday, his first steps, and his first words.

"It's just missing the milestones he's accomplished and not be able to see it personally. I mean my family, they keep me updated with pictures weekly while down in Afghanistan, but talking on Skype just seeing it but not physically being there it's just tough not physically being there," said Scott.

"She is really strong person and she knows that she's doing everything for the greater good. She's helping the United States," said Scott-Hicks.

Scott is only on leave for a month/ She says she will be spending this month visiting family in Mississippi and taking her son to the Omaha Zoo. She will then return to Germany, where she is based.

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