Soldier surprises mother for Christmas

A family received a nice holiday surprise when their son, who recently enlisted in the Air Force, surprised them by coming home.
1:51 | 12/22/18

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Finally tonight, "America strong." The surprise homecoming. A mother are a son in the air force expecting to be alone over the holidays. Then getting the one thing she wanted for Christmas. Getting ready to wrap up the workweek, Dallas nurse Teresa Melton Strader wasn't exactly looking forward to Christmas. Her son Matthew just joined the air force. And for the first time they were going to be apart on that special day. I had talked to my mom. I had told her how sad I was. Reporter: The last few years have been rough for Teresa. Her father passed away in 2015. Seven months later cancer would take her husband. And six months after that, a tornado wiped out their home. Took everything we had, and we've just recovered from that over the last year. Reporter: But now a surprise that would bring tears of joy. Her son Matthew was going to make it home for Christmas, and he decided to go big, getting mom's co-workers at Baylor, Scott, and white in on the plan to surprise her at the hospital. She had no idea until she heard this. Hey, mom. Oh, my gosh! Oh, my gosh. Oh, my god, are you really here? Yes. Y'all, this is my son from the air force. Reporter: And after those hugs came the tears, and this lesson. You don't know when you're going to get another Christmas, you don't know when you're going to have those special times. When you losle you love, you realize how important the people you do love are. So true. We thanks Teresa and Matthew for thanking their story. We thank you for watching on a Friday night. I'm Tom llamas. We hope to see you back here tomorrow. For David and all of us here, good night.

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