It always seemed kind of unfair to me. Kids with deployed parents have enough uncertainty in their lives. I think kinder to say, “I’m coming home tomorrow,” and then meeting in private. Lots of emotions flow at such moments. Give the kid some room.

I mention this because an Army Reserve MP featured in a story about such a homecoming was convicted last week of seven federal counts of big pimping: “Evidence showed that Boston ran the sex trafficking operation from 2012 to September 2017, except for a brief period when he was deployed overseas” 

The prosecutor stated that “the defendant, in this case, preyed upon young vulnerable women, exploiting their drug addictions and forcing them to engage in prostitution for his own profit.”