Army Officer Surprises Son on His Birthday

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A U.S. Army major made his son's wish come true by paying him a surprise visit to his school on his birthday.

The only thing seven-year-old Zach Coburn wanted this year for his birthday was for his dad to come home from Afghanistan.

When Army Maj. Greg Colburn arrived at Westwood Hills Elementary in Waynesboro, Va. he made a quick stop in his daughter Mackenzie's classroom, before the two walked down the hall to make his unsuspecting son's wish come true.

"On a phone call he said, 'Dad, I'd really like to see you for my birthday,'" Maj. Coburn said. "I played dumb to it. I said I didn't know if I could do it or not, but we will see what happens. He has no clue I'm coming. I think I'm shaking worse than anything. Mackenzie said I was shaking. It's really good to have him back in my arms. It's a long road. I knew what I was getting into when I signed up. It's something you gotta do."

Maj. Coburn also surprised his other two daughters, Allison and Katie, at their basketball game at Shelburne Middle School in Staunton, Va.

He said he plans to use the next two weeks to bond with his kids before he has to return to Afghanistan.

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