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Staff sergeant returns home, surprises daughter

Kentucky Soldier Returns from Afghanistan, Surprises Young Daughter

Christmas came a month late for a Hardin County, Ky., first grader whose father has been in Afghanistan for the past nine months.

The first graders thought that WLKY was bringing their cameras in to see how polite the students were ... but they were really there for one little girl in particular.

Quietly sitting at lunch, Lindsey Owens, 6, had no idea that her dad was about to surprise her.

Staff sergeant Jon Owens has been in Afghanistan for the past nine months, but he's finally home to give his little 'daddy's girl' a hug.

The surprise was so overwhelming that Lindsey, who didn't know how to react at first, eventually started to cry. Owens, for his part, couldn't believe how mature she looked.

Lindsey got to go home early to spend the rest of the day with her dad. Owens could be deployed in the future, so the family is going to treasure this special time together.

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tripleja911 January 23 2014 at 12:31 PM


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Brigitte January 23 2014 at 9:33 PM

Keep our soldiers away from Afghanistan!!

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hellyon3too Brigitte January 23 2014 at 10:35 PM

Please don't do that. I know you mean to be supportive, but in truth what these negative statements do is diminish the contribution our service members are making. They join the military precisely to defend this country and our interests abroad. They know the risks, and volunteer to take those risks.

Saying "Keep them out of Afghanistan" is really just saying "Don't let them do their jobs."

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bob hellyon3too January 23 2014 at 10:56 PM

Hellyon, if GWB did HIS job right, these brave men and women wouldn't be there...and never would have gone to Iraq. How was Bin Laden taken out? By a 6 man SEAL team. They couldn't do that without sending in hundreds of thousands of people? GWB is a war criminal.

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kimcrdr January 23 2014 at 3:20 PM

I never get tired of seeing these stories, Thank you for your service Mr. Owens!!

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Pat Markall January 23 2014 at 3:49 PM

Dad has put his time in....times to stay home with his kids.

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Lorraine January 23 2014 at 3:52 PM

that is so sweet, hopefully he wont have to leave soon, and spend some much needed time with his family!!

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NETTIE January 23 2014 at 8:31 PM

If anything can make me cry, these surprise homecomings and the child's reaction is ....all I can wonderful.

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sbeldner914 January 23 2014 at 4:10 PM

4 tours in a war zone is far too many. In Vietnam is was one tour and out. For career military, it was peaceful duty stations for 2-3 years before they might be sent back to Vietnam. Multiple tours is unfair to our military and their families.

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Debbie sbeldner914 January 23 2014 at 5:56 PM

My dad spent a year in Viet Nam...they told him that he would be going back right away...He got out of the military...He did his duty.

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Sandy January 23 2014 at 7:51 PM

God Bless you and your wonderful loving wife and family for serving our country.. It takes a strong faithful woman to be a military wife.

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wildlifeartistkc Sandy January 23 2014 at 8:50 PM

I second your comment!!! Praying for the day all can come home where they belong to raise their families!

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jktejas January 23 2014 at 4:36 PM

Even though there are a zillion of these videos on the internet, I still remain a sucker for them. While we have seen so many of them, the children involved are experiencing an emotional surprise and it's always unique for them. I still like seeing wives and mothers surprised too. I like it because it's real......and it's good that those serving in the military got to return home to do whatever we see on these videos.

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ecinicola January 23 2014 at 4:42 PM

That is awesome. The excitment and emotions, i am sure were obvious. What a great surprise.
I was a Navy child myself and I recall when our family came home from Nam, and you just can't imagine the emotions.......
God bless that Sergeant, and his family.

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