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Her dad was away at war for so long that when she first saw him at school, she hesitated.

Her first instinct when he walked into the classroom was to call out to her dad, but she was so stunned that she had to pause and assess the situation. That’s what makes this footage amazing.

When she realized that all the pieces of the puzzle fit, she reached out to Dad for a big bear hug! This is the reason why he does what he does.

There are so many videos out there of soldier fathers surprising their daughters, but they never fail to hit me in the feels. Welcome home, Dad!

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