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Army Dad Makes It Back Just In Time For His Daughter's Big Day

On Veterans Day, we all know full well to honor and thank any veterans that we may come in contact with. For some folks, the only veterans they’ll come in contact with are the nice elderly gentlemen that take up residence outside of stores to do their part to raise money for vets. For others, there are vets in their circle of families and friends, and we would imagine many families go out of their way to make the day special.

While that covers those whose time in service has come to a close, it doesn’t begin to recognize the sacrifice of those men and women that are still on active duty. In many cases, those men and women go an ungodly amount of time without seeing their own families. Along the way, they miss out on all kinds of milestones and special events. That doesn’t make their time away any easier, but it does make them look forward to the special ones that they’re able to make.

As Little Things shares, Army Warrant Officer Wally Vega was fortunate enough to have one of those on the docket, and he even managed to keep it under wraps for the person that the special day revolved around. His daughter, Jasmine, had an upcoming daddy-daughter dance, and she understood that her dad wouldn’t be able to make it. She would invite her uncle to attend instead, and let’s just say that she was surprised to see who wound up showing up.

Vega, with the assistance of his wife and the school, was able to keep his attendance at the dance under wraps until the perfect moment. When he finally made his entrance, the reaction from his beloved daughter was nothing short of priceless.

“I was really nervous, my heart was racing, emotions were running deep,” Vega said. “When she started crying. I started crying. It was extremely emotional.”

“I had no idea,” Jasmine noted.

Small moments such as dances can be taken for granted by those that get to experience special occasions on the regular. Those on deployment have no such luxury, and they learn to truly appreciate the ones they’re able to make as a result. Their families are on the same page with that concept, and we can look to Jasmine’s awesome reaction as confirmation of that.

“It felt like it was just us and no one else in that room,” Jasmine added. “It was just a moment for us to share because I can barely see him. I had the best time of my life with him.”

“There is nothing more I appreciate than family time, because we are overseas, and months away from the family and it does take a toll,” said Vega.

For the rest of us, this provides yet another reason to offer up a tip of the cap to both veterans and active service members. Those sentiments don’t need to be reserved for holidays either. If you see someone in uniform, simply walk up to them and say thank you. You may be surprised to see that you’ve made their day by doing so, and your day may be made as a result.

Source: Little Things
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