Just in time for Christmas, an East Tennessee solider returned home after nearly two decades of service.
Army Maj. Jeff Glasgow returned home Tuesday from his fourth deployment to a war zone. His latest deployment was to Afghanistan.
On a personal level, Glasgow said this year has been particularly difficult.
"My mother passed away tragically in a car accident, my grandmother passed away this year all while I was deployed," said Glasgow. "I was in a very difficult and challenging job in Afghanistan, and I think it's just amazing to be reunited with my family. . . I think it's just priceless."
Glasglow and his wife, Brenda, told 10News that seeing each other again, after so much time apart, gave them butterflies. Glasglow said his wife, along with all of America's military families, are the real heroes.
"She's done a fantastic job taking care of all the business at home," said Glasglow. "A soldier's job in deployment is difficult, but yet we have training, we have equipment, we have our army family. The people who have it the hardest are the families at home."
Glasgow said he's retiring, which means more than likely, he will be home for good.