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Air Force Colonel Gives Son Star Wars Surprise
7 years ago

Air Force Colonel Gives Son Star Wars Surprise

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Air Force Col. Rob Kiebler was in Afghanistan for over 14 months, but couldn’t wait to get home and talk about another Force.

Kiebler’s son, Danny, “freaked out” when he was told that he wasn’t allowed to watch the Star Wars movies until he was six years old – so the Colonel and his wife let Danny watch them early. Now in love with Star Wars, Kiebler saw it fit to surprise his son dressed as a Jedi on his birthday.

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6-Year-Old Boy Walks To His U.S. Marine Father For The First Time
7 years ago

6-Year-Old Boy Walks To His U.S. Marine Father For The First Time

In case you don’t know, we like the Welcome Home Blog. It celebrates service dads that get another opportunity to hug their families and even surprise loved ones.

This …
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Military Dad Surprises Son for Birthday Dressed as Captain America
7 years ago

Military Dad Surprises Son for Birthday Dressed as Captain America

What’s better than a military man coming home? A military man coming home for his son’s birthday. What’s better than a military man coming home for his son’s birthday? …
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Girl Asks Santa to Bring Her Dad Home from Iraq
7 years ago

Girl Asks Santa to Bring Her Dad Home from Iraq

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Everyone should have known something was up when Santa asked “y’all been good?”

Yet when Santa brought all of these 2nd graders in North Carolina the exact toy they asked for in their letters to him, the kids jumped for joy. All but one, that is – a little girl named Bethany, who wanted her dad home from Iraq.

Bethany’s dad, Wyndal Arnold, is an electrical infrastructure contractor in Iraq. He’s been there so much that Bethany and her father had only seen each other less than two weeks in the last two years. You can, of course, guess where this is going.

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WHB: Soldier Surprises Kids At Veteran’s Day Celebration
7 years ago

WHB: Soldier Surprises Kids At Veteran’s Day Celebration

Welcome Home Blog posted this gem today of Tech. Sgt. Sean Schaffer, who surprised his step-son and then his daughter at two different Veteran’s Day school celebrations – on …
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Daddies Away: Connecting With Your Kids From The Other Side Of The World
7 years ago

Daddies Away: Connecting With Your Kids From The Other Side Of The World

I came across this story today about a military father is able to connect with his daughter using pre-recorded videos of himself reading stories for his little girl. It reminded me of my promise to explore this issue in the Daddies Away! feature here at 8BD. I didn’t really have an immediate chance to begin writing this feature right away since I’ve been gone, ironically because of difficulties in getting connected with internet. Also, some of the other mainstream methods of communication that are sparse or simply lacking in Afghanistan.

It touched my heart to watch this daddy reading to his daughter, and it obviously made me think about my own weirdos back home. I’ve finally been able to be regularly in touch with them, but there are still times when connecting is troublesome. It becomes really important to be able to find a variety of means of communication, so you can stay in good contact with your children while away.

I’ve prepared a list of different methods of communication, direct and indirect, that are viable whether you are deployed 7,000 miles away on the other side of the world, or just taking a weekend trip to the mid-west on business to review the new Chevy Traverse. You can use any of these methods to stay in touch. Check it out after the jump…
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Daddies Away: 8BD Salutes Military Dads For Veterans Day With Some Rad Homecoming Videos
7 years ago

Daddies Away: 8BD Salutes Military Dads For Veterans Day With Some Rad Homecoming Videos

A quick Veterans Day post to deliver our props to America’s military fathers, who can be away from their families for more than a year at a time while deployed overseas. I thought I’d put some videos together from around the net, but mostly from a special blog called Welcome Home Blog, where they aggregate videos of military homecomings and surprise visits.

I think it’s easy to be grateful to the troops, who sometimes have to put in on the line while defending American interests, but I think some special recognition needs to be given to the children and families of these veterans. You see, while a soldier takes an oath and willingly goes into harm’s way, their families (spouses, children, parents) don’t take any oath, and they must make sacrifices too.

So let’s celebrate the military family today, at the same time as we celebrate the military family men. Roll the clips!

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WHB: Marine Surprises Daughters
7 years ago

WHB: Marine Surprises Daughters

A United States Marine comes home after seven months in Afghanistan and surprises his daughters at cheerleading camp. Click the pic or the sauce to see the whole video.