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A Surprise Family Reunion on the Football Field
BRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (Angela Ingram) -- Specialist Justin May is in familiar territory. He's a graduate of Bracken County High School.
On this warm Friday evening, he's putting on the school's mascot costume for a special surprise.
He says, Well my little brother, he's number 40 playing with Bracken County this year. He's a senior. I thought it would be a good time to come and surprise him.
Justin's father, Ronald, is also an assistant coach at the school. Bracken County is getting ready to play Dayton.
And while the teams are warming up, Justin is quietly pretending to be a high school student dressed as the school mascot.
After the national anthem is the coin toss and then the crowd learns that there's a guest at the game.
Ryan May gets ready to play and doesn't realize his brother is just feet away.
And, then Ronald sees, the person sweating under the mascot costume.
The crowd is thrilled to witness the bond between father and son and two brothers.
Ronald says of his sons return, Surprised because I knew he was back in the states from Afghanistan, but I didn't expect him here no way. I just called him today and he said he was in Texas so this is a big surprise.
Ryan is happy to have his older brother home. I thought it was going to be my birthday by the time he came in, the end of October. It was a big surprise. I saw a polar bear dancing, I didn't know it was him.
Justin's sisters were moved to tears at the sight of him.
The family is grateful he made it home safely.
Justin's family says while he was here at high school, he was a standout student and he became a stand out young man when he joined the military.