Soldier Dad Surprise

By NBC News

Published 05/23 2014 12:14PM

Updated 05/23 2014 12:44PM

(KSDK) For kids, wrapping up the school year and looking forward to summer is exciting enough, but one Missouri student had a special reason to celebrate, during her end of year ceremony.

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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