Normally, it's the service men and women providing the surprise when they show up unexpectedly after a tour of duty. This time, the family were the one's providing the surprise.

Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooney had just returned home from a tour in Afghanistan and was seeing his family for the first time during a welcome home ceremony inside a school gymnasium. Staff Sgt. Cooney and his wife Melissa have six children including 6-year old son, Michael, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. According to a quote from Melissa on WelcomeHomeBlog.com, their son could not walk on his own when her husband were deployed. As a matter of fact, doctors had already told them their son would never be able to walk. Not letting that information stop them from trying, young Michael learned how to walk while his dad was away and kept the fact a secret until dad showed up at the gym.

In a related story, May is Military Appreciation Month. Find out how Buffalo Wild Wings is involved here.