SAN ANTONIO – A military family got an early holiday present Wednesday when their husband and father came home from Afghanistan a month early.
Evan Chung surprised his sons, Trey, a sixth-grader at Lopez Middle School, and Hunter, a sophomore at Reagan High School.
Chung said he had been planning the surprise encounters for months, but just recently learned that they would happen.
The Army major embraced his sons with big hugs and they shed tears. Chung told his boys how much he missed them.
"It's a little overwhelming. You try to be tough, but as soon as you see the kids, that's it," Chung said.
Chung's boys said his surprise visit was the best gift they could receive. Hunter said it was tough not having his dad around.
"I mean we get through it, you know," he said. "You just got to keep (going), you know, knowing that he is going to be there, and ... keep going."
Chung, a member of the the 412th Contract Support Battalion, said he spend the night at his parents after arriving in San Antonio.
His sons had no idea their father would be home for the holidays. But in this case, a holiday miracle came true.
Chung's wife is a retired Army major and knows all too well about deployments.
The deployment to Afghanistan was Chung's third tour of duty overseas, and after 20 years in the Army, his last, he said.