After missing every holiday and nearly every birthday in the past year, Army Staff Sergeant Marla Carney was back from her nine-month deployment in Taji, Iraq. Making her way down the halls of her 5 and 7-year-old daughters’ school disguised as their mascot, SSgt Carney tried not to ruin the surprise with laughter as she could see her girls through the costume but they were oblivious. Stunned to see their mom’s reveal, it took them a moment to realize that they were not dreaming and that SSgt. Carney was indeed home.
Little girls stupefied by Soldier mom’s homecoming reveal
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"My husband came home yesterday and decided to surprise the boys. Big thanks to the USO for helping us with the surprise and a bigger thank you to all of our family, friends, and customers that have been so supportive over the last 6 months!"