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Marine Dad Fights Tooth & Nail for Right to See Daughter Graduate

Posted by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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Marine Dad Fights Tooth & Nail for Right to See Daughter Graduate (VIDEO)

by Jeanne Sager

Marine Dad surprises daughterThere's a big debate going on in my hometown right now over the "right" parents have to see their kids graduate. With limited space in our high school gymnasium, some parents are being moved to the auditorium where they'll have to watch a live stream of the commencement. They're not happy, but after watching a Marine dad's surprise homecoming at his daughter's graduation, I can't help thinking they're so much luckier than they realize.

At least they get to be there for their kids.

Staff Sergeant Luis Del Valle missed his little girl's eighth grade graduation because he was in Afghanistan. And he had to fight tooth and nail to make it to the big day. But as video of the surprise shows, the fight was worth it:

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Suddenly having to watch your kid's graduation from another room seems less like an injustice and more like an inconvenience, doesn't it? Here this man was unable to even be in the same country as his child for her first big day, and then he had to fight for the right to make it to her biggest moment of all? 

This is something we tend to forget about our military. While they're off protecting us, they're also missing the moments most of us take for granted: the dance recitals, the graduations ...

Did this reunion make you tear up?

by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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4ever-SJ
by Gold Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM
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No.

Missing births, deaths, life-threatening surgeries... Those trump ceremonies in my book.
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by Anonymous 1 on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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I'm just curious as to why he had to "fight tooth and nail" just to take some leave and see his daughter graduate? Why was he "not supposed to be there"? I think this situation has been blown out of poportion just to get some 15 min of fame.

Mrs.Brugger
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

This one really didn't touch me as much. I usually get all teary and whatever. I felt it when his daughter saw him and came down the stairs, but other than that...I didn't connect with it? And what did he do, call the news to tell them he was gonna surprise his daughter? 

Mrs.Brugger
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

agreed.

Quoting Anonymous:

I'm just curious as to why he had to "fight tooth and nail" just to take some leave and see his daughter graduate? Why was he "not supposed to be there"? I think this situation has been blown out of poportion just to get some 15 min of fame.


jas_momof2
by アニメの雌犬 on Jun. 17, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Yeah...  not seeing it...

SierraLynn
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM

 I seem to have become somewhat desensitized to homecomings. I dont get teary eyes and filled with joy about seeing a new one posted online every single day. Its great that they are coming home but at this point, I only care when my husband comes home.

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anlei05
by Bronze Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM
I've grown desensitized as well. Whenever they play these on the tv, I turn the channel. It's military life. Deployments or not, lengthy separations are a part of the life style. It's nice, but it doesn't evoke any tears from me.
sahmw2010
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM
They miss things, its part of the life style, glad he made it, but i didnt cry. And why would he have to fight tooth and nail to be there? As stated before, this has been blown out of proportion for 15min of fame
Aslen
by Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Because he was deployed to a war zone. You can't just "take leave" while on deployment


Quoting Anonymous:

I'm just curious as to why he had to "fight tooth and nail" just to take some leave and see his daughter graduate? Why was he "not supposed to be there"? I think this situation has been blown out of poportion just to get some 15 min of fame.


Aslen
by Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Yeah....
Total attention whoring.

He signed up, and knew he would be missing out on things.

Hell one of my bffs irl had her daughter with only her mil because her dh was deployed!

If he gets in trouble, he deserves it
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