Soldier's Surprise Homecoming Makes Wife Scream With Joy

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 12:43pm

EUSTIS, FLORIDA- A Florida woman got a surprise she never imagined while dining at the Chick-fil-A in Eustis.

Amy Reed, 24, knew her husband, Staff Sgt. Chris Reed, would be returning home from service in Afghanistan soon, but what she didn't know was when.

Amy's dad hatched a plan to stage a reunion at Chick-fil-A on a Tuesday night. The Reeds say Tuesday family nights at the restaurant helped Amy survive her husband's third deployment. On October 14, Amy thought an employee would bring out the meal she had ordered, but instead, it was her husband, Chris.

"I was so speechless. I started screaming," Reed said.

Just about everyone in the family was in on the plan, except for Amy. She reacted with a loud scream that had the whole restaurant turn in applause. The whole reunion was taped and posted on YouTube.

"I honestly could not believe it. I thought it was a dream. I thought if I screamed I would wake up," she said.

"It started off with her just screaming and her shedding tears. Then everyone started shedding tears. There wasn't a dry eye in the place," said Chick-fil-A's Kevin O'Leary.

What's next for the family? Chris just left to report back to Fort Drum in New York. In May the family will transfer to a base in Missouri.
 

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