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Sailor Schemes To Surprise Sister After 1 Year Overseas And She Freaks Out.

Military families often experience a juxtaposition of feelings regarding their deployed family members. On the one hand, they couldn’t be more proud that their loved one is fighting for their country; on the other, they’re worried sick.

Dakota Simpson and his little sister, Grace, share a very special bond. Simpson, a naval hospital corpsman from Texas, has spent the last year overseas. Grace has been dealing with it the best she can, but not having her brother around has been really hard.


Simpson knew his sister missed him, but he didn’t realize just how much until he decided to plot a huge surprise for her at school. After returning home, he arranged for his mom, Breta Lieke, to take Grace out of school early… where he’d be waiting with open arms.

On Dec. 13, Breta waited in the school’s office, recording as Grace walked in and met her.

grace at school

“Ready to go home?” Breta asks. Grace is in the middle of replying to her mother when she casually glances away for a moment and gasps. Standing there is her beloved big brother, Dakota.

grace is shocked

Grace shrieks and throws herself into Dakota’s arms, overwhelmed and unable to say anything other than, “I missed you so much!”

“I told you I was coming home,” Dakota says as Grace sobs, keeping her arms firmly wrapped around her brother. Clearly, she’s been wishing and hoping for this very moment for months.

grace hugs dakota

Dakota uploaded the video to Facebook with the caption, “surprised my sister today after being Overseas for a year! Gave her a little shock at school.”

It must have felt amazing for Grace to finally see her brother after so long. Try not to cry as you watch Dakota surprise his little sister in the clip below. Share to spread the love and thank him for his service.

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