On birthday, soldier surprises dad at the ballpark

Everything you want to know about what it’s like to be a father you can find in the expression of Chuck Van Gordon, who was at Detroit’s Comerica Field last night when a birthday video message from his daughter, Melissa, was played on the video board.

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She’s in the Army and has been deployed overseas a number of times since she joined up in 2013, taking her oath outside the stadium on her mother’s birthday.

It was all a little much for Chuck.

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Now you know what happened next. Everyone knew what was going to happen next. Chuck didn’t know what was going to happen next.

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What happened next was that moment when your heart is sort of broken, and then it’s not. That moment when your kid shows up.

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We’ve seen these things a thousand times. It never gets old.

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Chuck’s daughter has been in Iraq for the last nine months.

She’s home for good now and ready to start her civilian career. She’s a teacher.

Here’s the whole video.