Air Force Family's Surprise Reunion
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Screams and tears of joy at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Gaithersburg as an Air Force Captain returned home early from Afghanistan to surprise her two daughters. This was Captain Cherissa Jackson's fourth deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan as a critical care nurse. The elaborate reunion was arranged by KFC as part of a 2012 campaign to bring military families together.
"I was like, 'I'm home.' My daughters are here, I get to see them, I get to hug them, I get to kiss them, that's all I was thinking about," said Capt. Jackson.
Her twin daughters, 17-year-olds Anita and Ashley Lee, thought they had come to the KFC to prepare gift boxes for troops overseas.
"My Mom knows and everyone knows that I hate surprises. I get really shaken up. And look at me! I'm still shaking. This really means a lot," said Anita Lee.
But then it was Capt. Jackson's turn to be surprised. She screamed and cried as her entire family entered the KFC. They had flown in all the way from South Carolina and Florida.
"This is the best day of my life," said Penny Jackson, Capt. Jackson's mother.
Just when the Jackson family thought they couldn't possibly shed any more tears, they got one more reason to cry: two $20,000 college scholarships from KFC.
"It helps a lot," said Ashley Lee. "College is expensive and this helps a lot."
"This is the best moment I've had in my life, so it's going to be a couple days until I get off of this high," Capt. Jackson.