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Touching moment toddler ignores U.S. military protocol and hugs mother

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A video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday shows the touching moment three-year-old Cooper Waldvogel broke military protocol and ran into his mother’s arms as she was waiting to be dismissed after serving nine months in Afghanistan.

The mother, 25-year-old Kathryn Waldvogel, said: “I was longing to hold him – that’s all that I thought about.”