Soldier Mom's Surprise Reunion

Army Capt. Dawn McCracken-Bruce had no idea when she would get to see her boys.
3:45 | 12/23/11

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All those troops finally coming home from Iraq are all kinds of reunions all across America this Christmas and we are likely to have one of the most special. Courtesy of -- and when -- It's a great story good morning to you. Army captain Don McCracken Bruce's unit returned to the US just a couple of weeks ago. But until a few days ago they were still stuck -- a base in Texas she had no idea when she would make diplomacy here two and four year old sons and husband. There in Pittsburgh but as you see this Christmas story has a very happy. And for two little kids -- for one adult. A very surprise ending. Always a smile on her face always kissing one of her boys Tyson and Dominic. That's Don McCracken Bruce -- Tenet. Don McCracken -- station but this year captain McCracken Bruce dawn has been most of her time separated from her family. She shipped out to Iraq last march and and except for a brief home furlough in July that's where she's been pretty much ever since. Daily Skype calls help bridge the distance. And the occasional holiday greeting. I want to -- happy Easter to my husband -- my two little boys Tyson and Dominic. But it was hard. Finally earlier this month as part of a -- out of the last US troops from Iraq. Don was back in the US and I caught up with a right before the special Christmas surprising she planned for her son's. High in email them all Robinson where we always take the kids every year for Sana. And there -- gracious enough to work with us that all I want it was -- -- -- about. So -- -- Scott in on the boys were taken to Pittsburgh to Robinson mall to meet Santa. Get excited now with their kids -- early in the dark Don -- -- -- the backcourt north of the mosque. I'm changing yeah. Not quite nervous excited -- -- another area you just a few seconds the children's Christmas wish. Is about to come true we have a surprise coming. Really good. Own my goodness gracious -- Here comes your surprise. Who is this I -- me. -- -- -- Business. Yeah yeah. I was real deal I think I think everyone's in shock I don't think they thought I was real the real. At -- and what Don did know was that there was a surprise waiting for her to. At the other end of the mall. The CB Dantre. A star spangled tribute. By the banned from the high school she'd gone to. -- -- played from hundreds of shoppers in the mall a standing ovation one of their own. Finally back home finally with their family. And what a wonderful Christmas -- for the entire McCracken Bruce family. But especially for Dominic -- -- immunity the most restful post Christmas holiday in just a few days they've got to pack up move to Indianapolis were Don will be stationed next. But more good news for their family it looks like mama's gonna be home and she's gonna stay for a while and his great to have them marching -- thanks -- --

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