soldier in a neck brace rolls into the emergency room on a gurney. The nurses at the Oklahoma City hospital each hover around the soldier who looks injured. One nurse in particular, Tammy Smith asks for the patient’s name and birthday. When he gives it to her, it still doesn’t register — the man in the E.R. is her son.

But don’t worry, soldier Brandon Smith is just fine. The neck brace was just part of the soldier’s attempt to surprise his mother. Brandon had been deployed overseas for two long years. He thought this would be a great way to surprise his dear old mom for the holidays. Boy was he wrong. Too focused on the job, his own mother didn’t recognize her son’s name and birth date!

The mother and son get quite the laugh when she takes a peek at his face and realizes her baby boy has finally come home.

I haven’t seen a soldier surprise this touching since soldier Tacho surprised his mom Rosa. She literally screams in excitement. What’s incredibly special about watching these brave young men and women surprising their families, especially during the holidays, is that they should serve as a reminder that not every family gets to be together. This year, hug your loved ones a little tighter.

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