Reporting Regine Schlesinger
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (CBS) – A soldier returning from duty in Kuwait surprised his children at a school concert in Romeoville on Wednesday.
U.S. Army Spc. Alfredo Fuentes’ six children had no idea he was coming home.
WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports Fuentes’ daughter, Jackie, was performing in the concert at Romeoville High School, and his other five children were in the audience.
In a surprise coordinated by the Warriors’ Watch program, Fuentes suddenly entered the auditorium, returning from a tour of duty in Kuwait.
There were cheers, tears and hugs as Fuentes walked in. His children were dumbfounded, and Fuentes was ecstatic.
“My life is complete, though. I’m back, and we’re going to make up for lost time, and can’t wait to start,” he said.
Fuentes said, without his wife and six children, he wouldn’t have made it through his nine months in Kuwait.
“I’m not the hero, they’re my heroes. They’re my support group. Without them, I’m nothing, you know? I’m nothing, I would have broke out there, but I thank them,” he said.
Fuentes came home early to have surgery for an injury to his knee.