Lengthy absences from family are one of the toughest parts about military service.
As tough as it is to say goodbye, it's many times sweeter for military families to re-unite, and that was the case for the Stebbin family Wednesday, when a fifth grader was brought to tears by her best bud, her dad.
Staff Sgt. Tom Stebbin, is a Missouri National Guardsman.
After a year in Afghanistan, Away from his wife and four daughters, Sgt. Stebbin missed the high school graduation of one of his daughters on Saturday.
But he didn't miss the opportunity to surprise his youngest daughter Claire.
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