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Army soldier receives surprise homecoming greeting in Tyler


POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 5:44pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:06pm

Sergeant First Class Rodney Eubanks was able to return home to Tyler Tuesday after spending more than 20 years in the military. Eubanks has been stationed in several parts of the world including Egypt and a 15 month tour in Afghanistan.

Eubanks’ family wanted to make his home coming memorable. His father-in-law enlisted the help of several extended family members and the patriot guard to all be present on the day of his arrival. As Eubanks walked off the plane and into the airport, he was greeted with a loud and cheerful, hero’s welcome.

Eubanks says he was overwhelmed by the amount of supporters who should up to congratulate him on his service. He says “it makes you feel appreciative knowing there are still people who want to let service member know they’re not forgotten.”

Eubanks had been up for more than 24 hours catching flights back to Texas, but he had a surprise of his own up his sleeve. Eubanks missed his son’s first day of kindergarten and was counting down the hours ‘till the school bell ring and he could pick up his son.
KETK captured the special moment when Eubanks got that first hug from his son and it was heartwarming.

Having a little fun, KETK asked Eubanks the most important question of all, “What’s going to be your first meal in Texas?” and like any true Texan, he responded with: “Whataburger”.

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