Mission: Welcome Home Soldiers of the Tyler/Longview Area is a group of grateful and patriotic volunteers who want to show our military men and women how much we honor and support them. We welcome soldiers of all branches at the Tyler and Longview Airports, at homes and churches where Welcome Home Parties are held, and if a soldier is driving home from DFW or Shreveport, we will arrange with the families to welcome the her or him at a location on Interstate 20 or a nearby town. For security reasons, only the soldiers' families are informed of the details of their arrivals in our area, but when we are told of the arrival details of any soldier, our volunteers get ready to give him or her a Hero's Welcome. Each soldier is given a bag of candy and goodies, a thank you note, and a restaurant gift card. They are also presented with balloon bouquets and given many hugs and handshakes to welcome them home for rest and relaxation or for good.