A Warm Welcome Home

By Matt Hicks
By Justin Andrews

January 8, 2013 Updated Jan 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After more than a year of serving in Afghanistan, a local soldier is welcomed home.

Friends and family greeted Army Sgt. Marlana Watson Tuesday night.

But the face she perhaps looked most forward to seeing was that of her 3-year-old son Lasson, who wasn't talking when she left but now has plenty of words to share with his mother.

"You don't know what you got until it's gone. You really get appreciative of things when you go over seas," said Watson.

"Right now she just has a lot of catching up to do. She's basically getting to know her son again," said Tammy Jo Giannicchi, Watson's mother.

Giannicchi has helped raise Lasson while Watson was on tour.

Watson said her mother has been her backbone.

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