Soldier Returns From Afghanistan And Surprises Wife And Day-Old Daughter In The Hospital

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I’ll be the first to admit that I love watching videos of soldiers coming home. Seriously, it’s one of my favorite pastimes. My dad is in the National Guard, so I have some pretty great homecoming stories myself. Having a parent, a significant other, or even just a friend away for that long is a really difficult experience. It’s even more difficult when big things are happening and this person can’t be there.

National Guard Sgt. John Varrath, stationed in the Middle East right now, realized this when he had to watch his daughter’s birth via FaceTime rather than be there for it in person. While watching, his commanding officer slipped him a note to let him know his leave request had been granted. Even though I’m sure he wanted to scream it right there, Sgt. Vorrath chose to keep it a secret. The next day, he landed in Iowa and traveled to the hospital where his wife and new baby were to surprise them. The video is, in a word, amazing. If you don’t cry, you probably don’t have a heart.

Sgt. Vorrath will return to active duty at the end of the week.

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ShutUpAndRead is a mass communications major from a small school in South Carolina that you've probably never heard of. She enjoys reading, long walks on the beach, and judging the Twitterverse. When she's not busy watching videos of sloths or babies dancing to pop music, she can be found pretending to be a princess and working diligently on her MRS degree.

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