(Note: In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to repost this from one year ago. The photos help remind us all to stop and reflect today.)

Many of you may remember that a few years ago, I held a photo “Coming Home” contest on Pioneer Woman Photography and received a huge amount of submissions. The photos were beautiful and emotional (and heartbreaking), and I wanted to share some of them again today as I have a few times since then. The photos mostly depict soldiers returning home from deployment, but are a reminder to all of us to remember those who lost their lives and were never able to return.

I’ve listed a small handful of organizations below for those of you who are able help this Memorial Day. The ones I listed have high ratings (meaning, the vast majority of donations goes directly to helping the recipients rather than on administrative costs).

Please feel free to list any good veteran organizations you may be aware of.

But first, here are the photos.

Thank you again to those who shared your beautiful photos back then. You have touched so many over the past few years, and I continue to be grateful that you submitted them.

And finally: thank you to the veterans who’ve served our country, and the families who have sacrificed so much. You are loved.


By Katie_Mihalak.


By Skyerphooey.

grand homecoming

By Joiedevivrephotography.

Home from Iraq first time meeting daughter!

By Erin Dietrich1.

Home from Iraq

By Tiffanynewmanphotography.


By carots23.

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By MissFranciePants.


By Thia Photographie.


By Brandy Edwards.


By Stephanie Howell.


By RangerPrincess.

Homecoming 2007

By Gwenshep.

Welcome Home Son

By Katie_Mihalak.

KristeeandJason 002

By Lil-Bee.

United States Army Military Funeral


christiBy BJG.

Military Organizations

Here are some good organizations for you to check out. Some are larger, some smaller. All share a common purpose: To help veterans and their families.

Operation Homefront

Supporting our troops and helping the families they leave behind.

Homes for Our Troops

Building specially adapted homes for our severely injured veterans.

The Navy Seal Foundation

Honoring our warriors. Supporting their families.

Again: Feel free to share military organizations you may know about.

And please join me in praying for both injured vets and the families of those who have fallen.

Lots of love,



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