Soldier's surprise Homecoming - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Soldier's surprise Homecoming

SPOKANE, Wash.- A soldier is reunited with his two young sons after serving more than a year in Iraq.  Sergeant Frank Amaya surprised his two sons Tuesday afternoon at the Spokane International Airport. 

Amaya's sons thought they were waiting for their aunt at the airport, meanwhile, Amaya thought he was going to surprise his kids at school and did not expect to see them at the airport.

Both Sergeant Amaya and his wife have been in Iraq since October 2008, but have not seen their two sons, Alex and Kale, since last May.

"It feels great to be home," said Sergeant Amaya.  "I was excited, in Kuwait, I was excited and then time got slower and slower ..." His sons were just as excited, "I was surprised to see my daddy," said Alex.  "It's been really hard to be around without my dad." 

The two young boys moved up to Spokane from Kansas to stay with a friend of the family during their parent's deployment. 

Sergeant Amaya will be reunited with his two sons for about two weeks before heading back overseas.

He says he and his wife will be done with their tour in Iraq in October. 

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