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Navy lieutenant surprises his children

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WASHINGTON - Maddie Cooper, 10, and Joey Cooper, 12, were the benefactors of a big surprise when their Navy dad returned from Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Lew Cooper just returned from Afghanistan and hadn’t seen his children in seven months. With a little help from his wife and the Washington Nationals, he surprised his children, who thought he was due home in a month.

The siblings thought their stepmother won a contest from a military family organization for a VIP experience at Nationals Park. While the two children were watching the players on the field, Lt. Cooper walked out of the tunnel and came up behind his children, who embraced their father with tears and smiles.

“I was just so surprised,” her daughter said. “I'm so happy he came back. I really missed him.”

“I'm very proud of my dad for coming home early,” said Joey. “I'm so happy to see him.”

Lt. Cooper's wife hatched the plan to surprise the kids.

“I'm so grateful to the Nats,” said Amy Cooper. “They're wonderful.”

“As commissioned officers, we take an oath and I’m proud of what I do,” said Lt. Cooper. “It's my job, but my family keeps me going. I do it for them. I do it for you.”

Lt. Cooper will deploy again and the family knows, but the Navy is sending him to graduate school, so he is staying at home for at least for the next year and a half.

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