Joyous reunions unfold at airport as 13 Utah soldiers return home

Posted at 6:50 PM, May 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-08 10:32:20-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Thirteen soldiers from Utah just returned home safe and sound after serving in Afghanistan, and their loved ones gathered at Salt Lake City International Airport to welcome them back to the Beehive State.

The soldiers who came home Thursday are with the 19th Special Forces unit of the Utah National Guard, and the group was in Afghanistan to oversee security operations. The 13 who came home Thursday are just a small part of the unit, and the rest will be coming home over the course of the next several months.

FOX 13 News' Todd Tanner was there for the heartfelt homecomings, and he spoke with Sgt. Frank Bracewell about the return.

"All you think about is coming home to the kids, so it's great to be back," he said.

Lisa Bracewell said it's wonderful to have him home and next to her again.

"It's amazing, it's a miracle," she said. "I'm just glad he's home. It was hard to let him go, but it's a blessing to have him back in one piece."

The Bracewell family is from Provo, and they have two children and a third on the way.