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Dad soldier surprise TODAY

NEW YORK – Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Phillip Lovato missed out on the births of his youngest children.

As part of NBC’s “Modern Dads” series, TODAY surprised the soldier and his family with a heartwarming reunion.

MORE: See the family’s story on

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