Soldier who just returned from Afghanistan surprises sons in school

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - Kyle and Kris Sexton knew that Tuesday was their last day of class because of winter break.  But the St. Lucie County school students had no idea that their mom would be home for the holidays.  

Sgt. Kristy Sexton surprised them both this morning in their classrooms, before whisking them off to Universal Studios.  The active duty soldier from Fort Pierce had just wrapped up her second tour of Afghanistan.

"It's amazing having my mom back for the holidays.  It's the only gift I ever need," said 12 year-old Kyle before he was enveloped in a bear hug from his mother.

It was a hug Sgt. Sexton couldn't wait to give. "I can handle everything else, the nastiness and the dirt and being away.  But being away from them for a long period of time wears on you," said Sgt. Sexton.

Sgt. Sexton had actually told the boys over the phone that she wouldn't be home for the holidays, planning this surprise for months.

The boys weren't the only ones though who received a nice surprise.  Sgt. Sexton returned home late Monday night to find her home completely decorated for the holidays thanks to volunteers from Florida Power & Light and Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.

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