Soldiers Surprise Their Families When They Come Home

Surprising Welcomes: Exploiting or Embracing?


"Honey, I'm hooooome!" Families of soldiers can't wait to hear those three words after their loved one has been off fighting in foreign lands. Though their arrival is usually more than enough, many returning soldiers are choosing to re-enter their old lives by surprising their families at school, sporting events or on their local news. The clip above is of a young girl who is shocked to see her father walk into her classroom. Though many people will choke up while watching it, some claim this type of surprise is exploiting the children and their situation. Others argue it helps to bring understanding and compassion to the armed service lifestyle. Certainly much of the decision should be made on each situation and the children involved as some may react favorably while others may harbor ill feelings about their parent's deployment. What do you think of these home videos — are they exploiting or embracing?

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