Published on Feb 26, 2013
"I got home from Afghanistan on February 3rd, 2013. I had not planned on seeing my daughter until the end of March for her Spring Break. She lives with her mother in Alabama. So, I managed to take off after my reintegration was complete and on February 15th, I made a surprise visit to see my daughter. We had talked since my return, but she had no idea I was on the way. The school nurse entered the room ahead of us and made the video. It was perfect as my daughter was facing the other direction when I entered the room. I simply walked up behind her and touched her shoulders and whispered, "I bet you weren't planning to see me today." Thats when she turned to me and screamed 'daddy' and broke down in tears. You can hear the room go silent for a time, then the kids in the room began to applaud. Mission accomplished."