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HOUSTON An elementary school student in Alief was overcome with emotion Friday as she got the surprise of her life.

Analee was at lunch at Heflin Elementary when her father Juan Santibanez, a soldier who just returned from Afghanistan, surprised her.

He had been in Afghanistan for ten months and wasn t supposed to get home for another two weeks. But he says his commanders helped make sure he got home earlier so he could pull off Friday s special surprise.

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