JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Heroes helping heroes.
In this week's Hero Central, local photographers are making sure military families remember their heartwarming moments.
Lauren Ilagan's moment is her husband's homecoming.
Her wait for his return at Naval Air Station King's Bay and the moment they were reunited were documented in professional pictures, thanks to a non-profit called Operation Love Reunited.
"It's just a chance to kind of build that morale and our way of giving back to them," said Kara Trimmer, a photographer with OpLove.
She's one of several dozen photographers for this region; there are thousands across the country.
Trimmer feels professional photos are something service members deserve, even if they can't afford them. Because of that, OpLove photographers do them for free.
"Processing the photos, you do nothing but smile, you hand them that CD and they're smiling at you and they're telling you, 'thank you,'" Timmer explained.
"It's definitely awesome to be able to capture that because it's something we can look back on and not just ... describe what it was, we actually have pictures to show," Ilagan said.
For Trimmer and the other photographers, the gratitude and the smiles are payment enough.
For more information on Operation Love Reunited and how you can apply for the program or to be a photographer, click here.
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