My son, Airman Brant Heater, with the help of his girlfriend, Haley, pulled off an incredible surprise. After 8 months of deployment in Afghanistan, Brant came home to NC for R&R. Their intricate planning paid off as Haley picked him up from the airport without my knowledge, parked the car a couple blocks away, and walked up our street and onto the front porch. There really aren’t words to describe how I felt when I opened that door and saw my son, who I wasn’t expecting to see for at least 3 more months. I’m so thankful! God bless all our troops and their families!