Military Kids Get Surprise Father's Day Reunion With Deployed Dads

The kids thought they were just writing Father's Day letters to their dads.

ByABC News
June 19, 2015, 9:04 AM

— -- A group of children whose soldier fathers have spent almost a year deployed in Afghanistan got the chance to wish their dads a happy Father’s Day in a surprise reunion via Skype.

The kids, ranging in age from 4 to 15 years old, thought they were just writing letters to their dads and talking to “Good Morning America’s” Michael Strahan, himself a military kid.

Strahan, whose father served in the Army for 23 years, began the surprise by asking the kids what their dads mean to them.

“It’s important for my dad to be in the military so he can fight for our freedom and keep our country safe,” said Jennifer Pelletier of her dad, Army Maj. Jason Pelletier.

Jennifer’s sister, Jordyn, described their dad as “awesome.”

“I’m trying to join the military … He helps me out all the way with everything,” said Malcolm Scott of his dad, Army Sergeant First Class OC Scott.

“I like when he cooks good food and plays with me a lot,” said Malcom’s brother, Ondre Scott, adding that their dad’s specialties are steak, pork chops and hot dogs.

“He likes to spend quality time with me,” said Richard Creed of his dad, Army Col. Richard Creed. “Sometimes we build Legos together.”

When the kids realized the surprise — that their dads were on TV screens right in front of them — a chorus of “That’s Dad” and “Hi, Dad” rang out.

The kids then had the chance to read their Father’s Day letters out loud to their dads.

“Dear Dad, I love you because you do fun things with us like go to amusement parks. Also you are good at walking on your hands. Jordyn said that,” Jennifer said, which her sister, Jordyn, confirmed with a 'yeah.'

“I also love you because you protect our country and fight for our freedom,” Jennifer continued. “We love you. Love, Jennifer and Jordyn.”

The girls’ dad told them he loved them too.

“Thank you for being so great and so strong while I’m away,” Maj. Pelletier said.

Richard Creed got a “Thanks, buddy” from his dad after reading part of his letter out loud.

“Dear Dad, I love you because you are an Army commander. I also love you because you are my dad. You do a great job. Five stars at doing your job,” Richard said.

Finally, it was the Scott brothers’ chance to tell their dad, Sergeant First Class Scott, they love him.

“I love you, Dad, and I miss you,” said Ondre. “I hope you come back and that's it.”

“I love you, Dad,” said John.

“Can’t wait until you get home,” said Malcolm.

“Love you too, guys,” Scott replied.

All three service members are expected to be able to return home to the U.S. this summer.