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Missouri 5th grader gets surprise of a lifetime

Fifth-Grade Girl Reunited With Her Staff Sergeant Father

Staff Sergeant Tom Stebbins is part of the Missouri National Guard and has been away from his wife and four daughters for the past year while he was over in Afghanistan.

His youngest daughter, Claire, wasn't expecting to see him until Friday, though KTVI reports that her father returned to the States on leave Tuesday.



Needless to see, young Claire, who is in 5th grade, couldn't believe her eyes when her father appeared at an elementary school assembly Wednesday.

"I just couldn't believe my eyes! I jumped off the stage and ran into his arms! I didn't know what to do!" she told KTVI.

According to HLN, Tom and Claire have big plans ahead:

"He says he can't wait to get back to their weekly Saturday breakfasts together. I bet so."

The entire Stebbins family plans to take a big vacation in the coming weeks to celebrate their dad finally coming home.

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frozenbull May 24 2014 at 6:13 AM

Storeis like this are great . What I can't understand in this country, is how we let things like this most recent VA Hospital thing happen to the men and women that go to war for us . How in this nation with all our money ,all our tech and all the smart people do we allow any soldier to die in our care, let alone the 44 that apparently were lost at VA hospitals around the country . It's a sin and a crime . These men and women deserve the best and they're getting the run around .

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cdfatt May 24 2014 at 5:45 AM

I wish my daddy could have come home.

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fenwaypark9 May 24 2014 at 7:59 AM

Great Story. Happy Memorial Day..Marine WWII (E-7) Many of my friends never came home. Remember them today.

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joan May 24 2014 at 7:39 AM

I would love to go back to the principles of our forefathers but Obama is standing firmly in the way. When he goes and if we do not get the same kind (like Hillary Clinton) in again, we may start to pull ourselves up again. Right now we are the disgust and ridicule of the world. We have recovered many times before when the electorate disgust reached a point of no return and we can do so again. This decline of decency and morals began with Woodstock (the Clinton days) and it is time to stop. When you go to vote in November and 2016 run this litany of mistakes and scandals through your mind before voting; Fast and Furious (dead American military man), Benghazi (4 dead Americans), Solyndra (millions lost), NSA (illegal monitoring of American and International calls without warrants), IRS (blocking action on conservative groups and employees owing millions in overdue taxes), The VA scandal 44 dead in just Phoenix and counting still going), etc. Please do not vote Democrat again.

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dobrador14 May 24 2014 at 7:52 AM

Thank you for your service. Glad you are home and rejoining your family.

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Paul May 24 2014 at 7:11 AM

Ho hum .. so tired of these "soldier comes home and surprises family" videos . zzzz

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Owen May 24 2014 at 8:22 AM

I love these family reunion stories.....

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Trish Owen May 24 2014 at 12:21 PM

Me too, the ones above are so full of poop, joy killers.

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Ray Towers May 24 2014 at 7:00 AM

This is getting old.

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Vimala Nowlis May 24 2014 at 6:34 AM

Why are people so selfish and inconsiderate? Why think only of yourself and not others? So many such stories about "surprising" the loved ones as if it's a good thing.

Why "depriving" your loved ones the joy of expectation? Why "depriving" them of days of extra joy anticipating and planning your arrival? Why focus on you being the hero and "depriving" your loved ones the chance of being the hero and give you the welcome they want?

Next time, try to think more about them and less about yourself.

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teebear817 May 24 2014 at 8:40 AM

OH MY GOD!!...another one of these "surprise" videos? How many is this now? 200? These were charming and precious the first 3 or 4 times we saw them...now it has turned onto a reality series. Every week now there are two of these stories on here. Why do these military men have to always have these staged scenes ALWAYS on camera ALWAYS in public where some event is disrupted for all involved, and ALWAYS posted on the internet? How about simply going home, walking in the door, and hugging your daughter with no camera? Oh well, see ya all back here in 3 or 4 days when the next tiresome "surprise" video is posted

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