Here are 8 of the most heartwarming soldier surprises

These reactions of family members to soldiers returning home just in time for the holidays are sure to leave a tear in your eye.


Millions of families experience the pride of having an active-duty military mother, father, son, daughter or other beloved family. But that pride comes with sacrifice -- not everyone can make it home in time for the holidays.

These heroes, however, managed to surprise their families in the greatest ways possible. From hiding in boxes and mascot costumes to greeting family at the airport, the surprises took many forms, and the emotional reactions to them were nothing short of priceless.

Watch the video above to see some surprise military homecomings that are sure to warm your heart.