12/21/2012 09:47 pm ET

Soldier Surprises Daughters At School (VIDEO)

Holidays bring families back together, but some reunions are especially sweet. Lieutenant Colonel David Hoffs returned from Afghanistan a little earlier than expected, and he and his wife Wanda decided to pay a surprise visit to their daughters' school.

The girls knew something was in the works, but as David said of his visit, "they didn't expect it, they thought they were getting a dog." Wanda described their daughter Gabby's reaction -- she was "literally stopped in her tracks."

Also joining the segment to tell their stories of holiday reunions were Kelly McKenzie, Taryn Hartman, and Christine Johnson.

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