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Military Families Reunite on ET Stage

by ETonline Staff 7:00 AM PST, November 22, 2012
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First Sgt. Juan Gallardo and Gunnery Sgt. Booker Maxwell were separated from their families at this time last year, but this holiday season they reunited with their respective loved ones on our ET stage!

"We enjoy every moment. You never know where they send you next -- the military way of life," said Maxwell, who has been stationed in Afghanistan for the past two years.

"You gain a deeper appreciation for family when you are in the military because you tend to be apart," Gallardo agreed.

PICS: The 2011 Thanksgiving Potluck on the ET Stage

Their unions came just in time for ET's Thanksgiving Potluck, which includes a cooking contest.

Over 70 homemade dishes prepared by ET staffers were entered into our annual feast. Some even earned the approval of guest Wolfgang Puck.

"I wouldn't mind getting invited to this person's house," joked Wolfgang after digging into one dish. Other celebrity judges included NCIS stars Pauley Perrette and Brian Dietzen.

Following the massive potluck, the Gallardo and Maxwell families were treated to a day at Universal Studios Hollywood for a brief diversion from the sacrifices they've made for our country.

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