WARREN (WXYZ) - After a year apart, a Warren soldier waited one more night away from his family to give his daughter a special surprise.
Riley Harris, a 6-year-old at Wilkerson Elementary school, went to get her school journal, but when she turned around someone special was waiting for her. Still wearing his fatigues, Cpl. Jeff Harris had his arms wide open for his daughter.
Cpl. Harris returned home Sunday night after his first tour of duty in Afghanistan with the National Guard’s 125 th Battalion. He hugged and kissed his wife, Teresa, and then said goodbye so they could surprise their daughter the next day at school. Instead of spending the night at home, Cpl. Harris spent it on his friend's couch.
The reunion has been on Cpl. Harris’ mind since he was deployed.
“Everything you do, you just think about getting home,” said Harris.
The family plans to spend time getting reacquainted before Cpl. Harris heads back to work next month.
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