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Soldier surprises daughters in school for Veteran's Day Assembly

Posted at 6:32 PM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 18:33:49-05

We've all seen dozens of them. Soldiers coming home and surprising their loved ones. One local family got to experience this first hand as a soldier who was deployed in Afghanistan for almost 10 months got the opportunity to surprise his little girls.
 
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joshua Chason with the Army National Guard decided to surprise his three daughters, two of which attend St. Ursula School. 
 
“They were really disappointed when they were hearing around Christmas time," said Chason. "With coming home a little early, it turned out to be a fun way to surprise them and let them have a little fun."
 
7-year-old McKinley and 5-year-old Kuiper thought their dad would be overseas until Christmas. Little did they know he was a lot closer.
 
Teachers and staff members at St. Ursula were all in on the surprise. Students filled the gym Thursday morning for what they thought was going to be a Veteran's Day Assembly. 
 
As soon as Chason walked into the gym, McKinley and Kuiper both ran towards him with eyes filled with tears. 
 
“To have him back is just, it’s just the best feeling in the world," said Chason's wife, Andrea. 
 
This family of five finally complete and together again.
 
"It’s such a great feeling to be back home with them and start being a family again," said Chason.