After nearly a year of deployment, families throughout Clay County are crying tears of joy today.
On Monday, the 138th Quartermaster Company Unit, based in Brazil, arrived in Indianapolis after a one-year deployment in Iraq.
For Tom and Sandy Ames, the arrival of their son Michael, was special.
Monday was Sandy's birthday.
"Today is my birthday and my son is coming home," Sandy told The Brazil Times. "A good birthday present, huh?"
"Absolutely," Tom added. "It's exciting. It's a great birthday gift."
The unit experienced delays on their way home.
According to a press released issued by the Joint Force Headquarters-Indianapolis, the unit was scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis close to 6:30 p.m.
Although his son has been in Iraq for close to a year, Tom said he maintained contact with him through e-mail and phone calls.
"He calls periodically," Tom said. "And he calls his wife.
"It was a good experience for them. They were able to complete their mission."
Family and friends were invited to meet with the soldiers at Stout Field, Building 9, 2002 S. Holt Rd., Indianapolis.
"Everybody's excited about this," Tom said.
Tom added he is excited that his son will be able to see his wife Suzette and two children, Parker and Madelyn, for the holidays.
"We've been supportive and they've been supportive of us," Tom said. "(Suzette) has really done a bang-up job of taking care of the family while he's been gone.
"He's an individual that takes his job seriously," Tom added. "He doesn't elaborate about what is going on, which is the way it's supposed to be. He's a true patriot."
Following the visit with family, soldiers then had to go to Camp Atterbury to go through a "demobilization process." They would then be released to go home.
Tom Ames said he expected to see his son on Christmas Eve.
The unit left for training at Camp Atterbury in January before its deployment.