Oklahoma girl surprised by military dad at school

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HAMMON, Okla. - A 6th grader at Hammon Schools got a big surprise after her dad in the military showed up at her at school.

The heartwarming reunion was caught on cell phone video by Vickie Dodson.

The daughter was called onto the stage with her principal, Jeff Morton, and was asked who she knew in the military.

"My dad," said the student.

The little girl's father has been serving all over the Middle East in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

She says her dad has been gone "a long, long time," and has not seen him since Christmas of last year.

The family has been expecting him to come home from deployment around Thanksgiving this year.

"Well, let me tell you something. We got a little surprise for you. All the way from Bahrain in the Middle East, it's your dad," said Morton.

That's when the dad emerges from the curtains behind her, completely surprising his daughter.

The two embrace in a big hug, and applause breaks out from the audience.