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Dad returns from Afghanistan to surprise daughter for birthday

June 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A little girl in North Carolina got a big surprise this week when her dad returned from Afghanistan, just in time for her birthday.

Daniel Fragoso is a former soldier who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He's been away since October working as a contractor for the military.

His wife wanted to do something special, so they wrapped daddy in a giant gift box.

"It's a big sacrifice on us every single day, waking up without him, going to bed without him, missing volunteering. I'm here a lot at her school volunteering and that's a big deal that he can't be there with us," said Fragoso's wife, Rachel.

Fragoso said he wants to create memories for his family so they remember the "milestones," and not the "miles," when he's away.