Army Specialist Jackie Gatti was greeted by her family at the Westover Air Force base in Massachusetts.
The family decided to go out for dinner to celebrate, but when they all got back into the family pick-up truck Jackie realized her military backpack had been stolen.
"I looked and I said, you have to be kidding me, it's gone. And that's really all I could get out of my mouth, was it's gone," Jackie explains.
She had her cherished awards from her deployment and military documentation in her backpack.
"I had company coins that my commander and first sergeant had given me as a job well done", says Jackie.
"The two hour ride home was, you know, we were crying .We were trying to control ourselves," recalls, Jackie's mother, Carolyn Gatti.
The 23-year-old just wishes the thief will return her items.
"That's something that we pride ourselves on in the military is our integrity, so I hope this person can find theirs," says Jackie.
Jackie and her mom have been calling local pawn shops in search of her stolen items.
In addition to her ribbons and certificates, she says she had a fleece military jacket and some gifts from her fellow soldiers inside the bag.
The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increase late Sunday and Labor Day.
Temperatures will warm headed into Labor Day. Saturday is the pick day of the holiday weekend with dry conditions and highs in the low 80s.
It turns hot and humid by Sunday with sct. shower and thunderstorm chances increasing N&W anytime after 2/3PM. It should remain dry down the shore all day Saturday and most if not all of Sunday.
Saturday (82/62): Sun/Clouds
Sunday (89/70): Clouds/Storm
Monday (90/74): Clouds/Storm