Soldier gets special homecoming surprise

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OKLAHOMA CITY — While the president was speaking in Cushing, 200 Oklahoma families were welcoming home their heroes from the war in Afghanistan. Out of the crowd of hundreds, two soldiers got the chance to continue what they started some 7,000 miles away from home.

Little Lilli Steelman turns 8 Thursday and she’s getting what she calls, the best present of all.

“I’m getting a dad for my birthday,” she said.

That’s right, her daddy is coming home.

Before you know it, the family’s back together again.

“It feels wonderful, you couldn’t ask for better,” Sgt. Ryan Steelman said.

While one family reunites, another is just beginning.

Sgt. Warren Fairleigh is searching for the girlfriend he left back in Afghanistan.

“She was one of the medics and there was a lot of women, but she went to Bible study and I actually had a chance to run Bible study and one thing led to another,” Fairleigh said.      

He came back first, Thursday was her turn and boy did he have a surprise for her.

Fairleigh constructed a sign with a homecoming welcome on one side and a proposal on the other.

She said, “yes.”

“I never expected to meet my future husband in Afghanistan,” Spc. Bethany Pierce said.

A new family made by war and an old one made whole again.

It is the story of life told through our bravest men and women.

Oklahoma still has 1,400 soldiers serving in Kuwait and Afghanistan.

They will continue to gradually come home over the next few weeks.

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