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When I Come Home – Honoring Our Service Men and Women

In honor of Veterans’ Day.

‘When I Come Home’  is a short video. It is a simple expression of gratitude to the men and women who serve in every branch of our military services — those who fight, are harmed and die.  It honors them and their families who also serve. And wait. And grieve.

My husband, Robert Sallin, served in both the Marine Corps and the US Air Force. He created this video as a tribute to his brothers and sisters in arms. It has deeply touched friends, colleagues and even complete strangers at a more profound level than he had anticipated.  Senior members of both political parties have expressed their appreciation as have President Clinton and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

I wanted to share this deeply moving message across our land. Please add the names of those who served our country and who  you would like to be both honored and remembered on this Veterans’ Day.

Please place their names in the Comment section below.

When I Come Home from DGA 1966 on Vimeo.

All images appearing on When I Come Home – Honoring Our Service Men and Women are the expressed property of Sandra Sallin. All rights reserved. In other words, don’t steal it!



  • Sandy ballAtore - Dear Bob, I cried all through your most loving tribute to our great military defenders and heroes whom we cannot thank enough. I am sending this to my family and friends and I thank you for your sensitive, beautiful work.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - I’ve seen this video many time, and each time I am so moved I cry. Thanks you for sharing this. It must be seen as a tribute.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Chenell DeNeen - Amazing video. I want to honor my father Richard Chenell who served in the Army National Guard as well as Andrew DeNeen’s brother Daniel DeNeen. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Vikki Claflin - As a military mom, I loved, loved, loved this. I’m sharing it as soon as I stop bawling. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • sandra - I cry every time I watch this. My heart just goes out to everyone who has served our country. I am grateful to you all. I want this posting to honor them all.ReplyCancel

  • Beverly Diehl - Lovely, and moving. My bros-in-law, Jim Edwards (Air Force), and Jim Ragsdale (Marines). My father, Harvey Diehl (Army), my mother, Betty Koschin (Coast Guard); my uncles in the Navy, my grandmother in the Red Cross, and grandfathers in the Army, and on back…ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you for sharing. I want this to be a tribute wall to all who have served us. We are so grateful. Your family has given so much to us. Very moving.ReplyCancel

  • Connie Bonak - Loving, moving tribute – thank you – yes, I have family members who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, N. Korea policing – bless them all.ReplyCancel

  • Leon Craig - I thank about my Brother’s in arms every day I once was in there boots God Bless my Brother’s!ReplyCancel

  • Jon Sichel-Outcalt - These moving images are unforgettable. This speaks as much to the incredible artistry of the filmmaker as it does to the men and women who risk their lives daily for our freedom.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Albright - Beautiful video. Wow. May I add my son who is currently serving in the US Air Force in Germany, my husband who is retired from the US Air Force, and my father, who was in the US Navy in the Korean War. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Bernardine James-Madison - My late husband Robert L Madison Sr, United States Army Vietnam Veteran.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - Beautiful and deeply moving. I am remembering my Dad, who served in WW2, and will be buried at Arlington this August.ReplyCancel

  • Muses from the deep - Amazing….and all those who sacrifice for their countries without being acknowledge deserve to be remembered on this great day. Lovely share, Sandra.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Style - Thank you so much for sharing. A deeply moving tribute that brought tears to my eyes. My significant other served in the Air Force and my niece is serving right now in Korea. I am grateful to all who have served. We are in their debt.ReplyCancel

  • Robert Bishop - Very moving and very tactfully done. I would appreciate if you would add the following:
    My Father Robert E. Bishop USArmy WW II
    My Son Jason L. Bishop USMC Iraq
    My Son Eric M. Bishop USArmy Kuwait(2) Iraq(2) Afganistan(1)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Mohrle - I would like to add my late husband Bruce Mohrle, my dad Charles Dailey. I would also like to add my late cousin Danny Dailey and my late uncle Joseph Dailey. Thank you for the beautiful tribute that I could share in.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Dear Karen, Thank you and your family for their service.ReplyCancel

  • Richard Nernberg - Bob, Susan showed me your video. I have yet to see anything as moving and as heartfelt. You are to be commended for taking the time and effort to creat this memorial that honors our country. Thank you for sending it to me.
    Dick NernbergReplyCancel

    • sandra - Dear Richard, Thank you so much. This video means a great deal to Bob and me. It stirs my heart every time I watch it. We owe so much to those brave men and woman who serve our country.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Nernberg - Sandra, thank you for sharing this heartfelt and emotional video so well executed by Bob. I am sharing it with my friends. So meaningful on Memorial Day and on any day. SusanReplyCancel

    • sandra - Susan thank you for sharing this with your friends. This was truly a labor of love for Bob. It’s so gratifying to read how much it has touched those who have seen it.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Yarros - Thank you so much, that was incredibly moving. We have so many military members that I love: my parents, LTC Rex Hampton and LTC Kristie Hampton, who are both retired; my uncle, LTC Stephan Zarnowski (retired); my cousin, SSG David Dozack (Currently in Kuwait), my brother SSG Doug Luster (currently Deployed), and my amazing husband CW2 Jason Yarros (currently in Afghanistan). For Memorial Day, my thoughts are always with my grandfathers, BG Rex Hampton (WWII) and SFC Richard VanAllen (POW WWII), who have both passed; and our friends that we have lost, 1LT Michael Adams (KIA Iraq), CW2 Brad Gaudet (KIA Afghanistan), and CW3 Ken White (KIA Afghanistan). This video is a beautiful tribute!ReplyCancel

  • Daly Jessup - That was so beautiful. It made me cry even though I strongly believe we have no business over there at all. Still, all these children and young people, it is so touching. The music was magnificent and helped me release some emotion about all this. Mostly I try not to think about it because there is nothing I can do about it, but this video opened my close heart and made me cry, and that was good for me.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Dear Daly, Well, I watched this video for the first time in a while this evening. Bob walked in and I was sitting there balling. I’ve seen it so many times and I sitll sob.Of course I sob every time I watch it.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Meyers - My grateful thanks to your husband for making this video, and to you for sharing it on your FB page. I honor my boyfriend, Joseph Medina (U.S. Army)
    who served 2 tours in Viet Nam, and also all those who served in that war and never returned home.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Yes, Vicki, please thank your husband for his service and we all thank those wounded and those who never returned home. Our lasting gratitude.ReplyCancel

  • Ginny - I just found your blog. As a US Army Vietnam Era Vet I remember well the days of processing orders for soldiers returning from the war. Should’ve been a great job, right? The were home safe and were most often offered their duty station of choiceReplyCancel

    • sandra - Ginny-Thank you for your sevice to our country.ReplyCancel

  • Anne Parris - My father served 20 years, and my uncle, brother and grandfather also served. My dad was in Vietnam when I was born and didn’t see me until I was three months old.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Wow, you certainly have a military tradition in your family. Thank you. Were you aware when you were older that you had not seen him until you were three months old?ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - What a magnificent tribute! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you Ellen. I find it very moving and appropriate.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Beautiful tribute, and I’d like to add my father, Irving Alter, who served in the Korean War. Thank you for sharing this — you need to add a warning to have tissues handy!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - I cry every time I watch this. I think, no not this time, but it gets me. Thank you Irving Alter. We can’t thank these men and women enough.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs - A beautiful tribute! I come from a family with very few service members yet the sacrifice and bravery of such strong men and women hold a high place in my heart. An incredibly moving video. Thank you for sharing, Sandra.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you Lisa. My husband was in both the Marines and the Air Force. We both have enormous gratitude for those who serve.ReplyCancel

  • Chubby Chatterbox - It’s hard to type with tears streaming down my face but I want to add the name of my father-in-law Lieutenant Colonel Edgar L. Petty.
    Great video and a wonderful blog.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you Chubby and thank you Lieutenant Colonel Edgar L. Petty.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - This is so moving and beautiful and such a wonderful tribute to our brave military men and women. Thank you so much for sharing this.ReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - This is so beautiful, Sandy. I’m a weeping mess now.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Davis Sullivan - Thank you.

    Honoring my husband, former US Navy Seabee Michael Sullivan.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you Anita. My husband and I deepy appreciate your husband’s service to our country.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - Richard MatananeReplyCancel

  • Adela - Starting with my grandfather, Frank Zyber who served during WWI. My father, fathers-in-law, my niece’s husband, my nephews, my uncles, and that’s just relatives. Lovely tribute.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Dear Adela, Please thank them all. What heroes. They are the backbone of our country. They make the sacrifices. I am humbled.ReplyCancel

  • AlexandraFunFit - My dad Leonard Williams served in WWII. Today I visited him, and he said he has it in his will to be buried as a vet at Miramar in San Diego.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Dear Alexandra, Oh my, your father was part of the “Greatest” generation. I’m in awe of their bravery. Please thank him for me and my husband.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - What a marvelous tribute and it is my deep honor to add my father, Herbert New, and father-in-law, David Chester, who both served in The Korean War.. I salute every veteran and their families for their service to this great country. Bless you all, and thank you, Sandra Sallin, for this opportunity.
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    • sandra - I’m pleased that I could provide a place for all of us to share our feeling of love, respect and gratitude. Thank you Herbert New and David Chester.ReplyCancel

      • sandra - My husband created this out of the love and respect he has for those who have served and are serving. I’ve watched this many times and I never fail to be moved and cry. Thank you Lieutenant Colonel Edgar L. Petty.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie Davis - Love it. My husband is currently serving his 3rd tour of duty. Sgt Robert Davis (army)ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Dear Cassie, My husband and I wish you both all the best and we thank you for your service.ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - My dad was an officer in the US Navy. Thanks to him and all vets for their service.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - It feels so good to thank these men and woman for their commitment and sacrifices.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Phelps - This is beautifully done and very moving. I add my father, Verran Borgstedt, who served in WWII and my deceased ex-husband, Dennis Calkin, who served in Vietnam. So many of my high school friends served in Vietnam that I cannot help be see them all in this video.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Carter - Gorgeous in every way, Sandra. Thank you and thanks to your hubs for making it. I shared. Simply breathtaking…ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you Chris is was a labor of love for my husband. He has served in both the Marines and Air Force.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Best - As you stated we will be FOREVER in their debt. God Bless ALL our military Men and Women. I am proud to be an American and will be forever thankful for the freedoms our soldiers have given meReplyCancel

  • Shari Shannon - for my husband Byron Shannon who served during virtnam war
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  • Carol Covin - What a beautiful, moving tribute. My husband, David Covin, served in Vietnam from October 1969 to October 1970.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you Carol and David. Our Vietnam Veterans had a tough time when they returned. I think they’re only now getting the recognition they deserve.ReplyCancel

  • Jill Spreigl - For Grant Lindblom, Herb Spreigl, Luke Murdock, Seth DeSplinter, Fred Madison the 2nd, Fred Madison the 3rd, David Lerud, Luke & Logan Bauer & the millions worldwide who have served or is currently serving their country. Thank you for your sacrifices <3ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you for posting their names Jill. Thank you for service to your country.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Wade - Thank you for sharing, very moving. And it was so nice meeting you tonight at #womengetsocial.ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks for watching Jillian and thank your husband for his service. I also feel that the whole family is serving the country by their selflessness.ReplyCancel

  • Bryanne Salazar - Loved it. Still have tears hanging around, deciding if they want to fall. Semper fidelis!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Semper fidelis! I’ve watched this many times and I aways cry.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Thank you for sharing Vikki. I would like to share this with all those who have served our country. Truly a tribute to them and their families.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Chenell DeNeen - Tagging you guys @[1403897928:2048:Joy DeNeen] @[1519482924:2048:Aaron DeNeen] @[768784310:2048:Jessica DeNeen] cause I know Dan isn’t on facebook. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Bobbie Edwards - We are so fortunate that they all returned. So many have been missing the loss of their loved ones.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Thank you Robert L. Madison Sr.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Truly and honor.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - Thank you for your service.ReplyCancel

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