Mom 'bawls her eyes out' when soldier son surprises her


Capt. Paul Amis was home from deployment in Afghanistan a few months early – so he surprised his mom at Target Field on Saturday during the Twin Cities Heart Walk.

"She's going to bawl her eyes out," Amis told KSTP.

And she did:

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Amis, a Plymouth native, also went up north to surprise his father, KSTP says.

Good news for the Amis family – the news station says Amis has been promoted to Regimental Support Commander with the Old Guard in Washington, D.C., so he's now stationed stateside for the next two years. The Old Guard's website says its the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, serving the U.S. since 1784.

Amis' mother was volunteering at the American Heart Association's annual Heart Walk – participants raised over $2 million to fight heart disease and stroke.

Last week, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Crafton surprised his daughter Taylor at her graduation ceremony from Grand Forks Central High School. When Taylor went up to get her diploma, she was told over the microphone "He's here."

Earlier this year, Minnesota Staff Sgt. William Dullea returned home from Afghanistan after nearly a year of deployment to meet his newborn son, Jameson. After the airport greeting, Dullea surprised his 5-year-old daughter, Savannah, at school, FOX 9 says. Savannah, wearing red, white and blue ribbons in her hair, ran and jumped into her father’s arms when she saw him.

And in March, the Wild helped facilitate a soldier’s homecoming. Nicholas Jenn, of Crystal,was deployed on his third tour to Kuwait, but obtained leave back to the state to be with an ailing grandmother. While there, he also surprised his wife Jaimie on her birthday by arranging a reunion in front of a hometown hockey crowd of 18,650 at Xcel Energy Center.

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