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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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Soldier Surprises 6-Year-Old Daughter At School On Her Birthday
8 years ago

Soldier Surprises 6-Year-Old Daughter At School On Her Birthday

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This is a wonderful moment between a father, Sgt. Adam Page and his 6-year-old daughter, Bailey. Unfortunately NBC’s Today Show was there to f*ck it up. Now, this is just a hunch, but I suspect NBC – just like every other news network – was trying to get in on the sweet viral *click* action that is Welcome Home Blog. Instead, the camera operator invasively moved around the father and daughter like he was shooting porn. Seriously, check it out and tell me they both didn’t look slightly annoyed.

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Girl Asks Santa to Bring Her Dad Home from Iraq
8 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
8 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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Episode 008

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This week’s episode covers the following stories on 8bitdad.com for the week of November 21st, 2011: PQotW: Have You Hired, or Would You Hire a Male Babysitter?; Stay-At-Home-Dads Double, Stigma Still Exists; Respect …
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Daddies Away: Connecting With Your Kids From The Other Side Of The World
8 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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