She’s Not Their Mother, but Every Soldier Gets a Hug, Both When They Deploy and Come Home.

With every single deployment, every single homecoming, a lone white-haired woman stands before a line of soldiers. With grandmotherly affection and well-wishing, she offers compassion and hope as they leave, and joy and a sense of home when they return. The soldiers of Fort Hood, Texas, all know The Hug Lady, as Elizabeth Laird is known. And they wouldn’t replace her for the world.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.
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