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Cpl. Robert Sanders made it home for the holidays, and he got plenty of hugs and kisses for the effort. Cpl. Robert Sanders made it home for the holidays, and he got plenty of hugs and kisses for the effort.
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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

We've all seen reunions at airports. They bring a smile to your face, and sometimes, a tear to your eye.

There was a lot of both out at Kansas City International Airport on Wednesday as a local serviceman was reunited with his wife and children.

Cpl. Robert Sanders made it home for the holidays, and he got plenty of hugs and kisses for the effort.

Thanks to Operation Homefront, Sanders came home to the embrace of his sons, Donovan and Bennett, and his wife, Vicki.

Sanders said it's the best Christmas gift he could have received.

"It means everything. I mean, being around people is the most important thing, right? Look at that face. How can't I miss it," Sanders said.

Sanders is an army medic stationed stateside. He hadn't seen his family in five months, and couldn't afford the flight home.

Sanders is one of 500 servicemen and women getting free flights home this holiday season from Operation Homefront and a $1.5 million grant from Walmart.

During his visit, Robert will be a part of his son's first Christmas, and he'll be spending time with his father, sister, brother, grandparents, aunt and uncles, all of whom he hasn't seen in more than a year.

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