FOR VETERANS WHO SERVE ABROAD, COMING HOME CAN BE SPECIAL REMINDER OF WHY THEY SERVE IN THE FIRST PLACE.
WE’VE GOT ANOTHER STORY FOR YOU ABOUT ONE ACTIVE DUTY AIRWOMAN COMING HOME TO VISIT.
DANIEL KEITH REPORTS.
Mom: "makes me feel proud to be important to her like that."
Daniel: IT ALL STARTED AS A NORMAL DAY OF SCHOOL FOR FOURTH GRADE STUDENT TESSA DORSKI.
"It Feels Great To Have Her Back. We Missed Her A Lot"
Daniel: BUT A BIG SURPRISE WAITS AT THE PLAYGROUND OF MOUNTAIN BAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN WESTON.
"this is the first time i've been home in almost 11 months."
Daniel: TESSA'S SISTER -- BAYLEE MATHEWS -- ENLISTED IN THE AIRFORCE LAST YEAR.
Baylee: " she was like my mini-me... We did a lot together."
Daniel: WITH WORD BAYLEE WOULD BE RETURNING HOME....THE GIRLS MOTHER -- GOT IN TOUCH WITH THE SCHOOL...TO SET-UP A SPECIAL REUNION.
Mom: "once they got on the plane... I knew they were coming home and that they would be in wisconsin this week. So then i called the school."
"asked if we would want to set up something to surprise her and i said absolutely."
Daniel: AIRMEN MATTHEWS IS A ROLE MODEL FOR TESSA....EVEN WRITING ABOUT HER IN SCHOOL.
" she wrote about seeing her big sister at her mom's wedding and how she cried all the way home because she missed her so much."
" i didn't believe."
Daniel: THEN THE BIG MOMENT.....TAKEN BY SURPRISE.
Tessa: "i thought that it was going to happen sooner or later... But i didn't think now."
Baylee: "she's my whole world. She's the sweetest little thing and i'm so glad i got to see her again. It's a little emotional."
Daniel: A BOND BRIDGING TEN YEARS AND HUNDREDS OF MILES FOR THESE TWO SISTERS.
Mom:" baylee is tessa's hero. And it's so sweet as a mom to see that.... the love of the two sisters. "
IN WESTON... DANIEL KEITH
RICK: THANKS DANIEL. THIS WEEK WE WANT YOU TO WRITE TO US AND TELL US ABOUT A VET IN YOUR LIFE.
MAYBE IT’S SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY OR A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR.
FIND OUT WHAT BRANCH THEY SERVED IN AND WHAT THEIR ROLE WAS IN PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY. YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED BY WHAT YOU LEARN!