POSTED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 4:33pm
CARVILLE, LA (NBC33) — Family and friends of the 756th Area Support Medical Company have been doing a lot of waiting, nine months to be exact.
Thursday morning they were more than ready to welcome home their loved ones and on such a fitting day.
"How we picked 4th of July? Well, it was a stroke of luck, but it makes for a good story. It’s a great Independence Day and this is what it’s all about," said Lt. Col. Gary Whipple of the Louisiana National Guard.
As the bus pulled up to the National Guard Base in Carville, the excitement and anticipation filled the air as families were finally reunited after almost a year in Afghanistan.
For Meghan Schiro, Thursday’s homecoming was something she had been waiting for what she says felt like forever.
“When he was leaving she [pointing to her daughter] was like 5 months old, so it was really bad timing," said Schiro.
But she knew her husband was doing what he did best, all for our country.
"They did sick call, taking care of patients and people that were there with them," noted Schiro.
He says his first time overseas was unlike anything he’s ever experienced.
"I got to see actually what our mission is there and what were doing for our country so it was a really humbling experience," said Joe Schiro of the Louisiana National Guard.
Knowing he was coming home to a wife and a baby girl made this Fourth of July one he will never forget.
"She is a bundle of joy."
Click here  to view a photo gallery from the reunion.