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Air Force Captain Surprises Daughters after Returning from Afghanistan
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Air Force Captain Surprises Daughters after Returning from Afghanistan

The follwing information was sent to us by Amanda Burns:

 

 

To kick off a year of bringing people together, today in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Kentucky Fried Chicken gave one military family an emotional and unexpected reunion, showing that home truly is where the heart is on Tuesday, January 10. The 17-year-old twin daughters of Capt. Cherissa Jackson arrived expecting to help KFC employees assemble gift packages, only to receive a surprise when their mom walked out of the kitchen. Jackson, an Air Force critical care nurse, was deployed to Afghanistan last June.

 

Jackson’s daughters, who are high school seniors and excellent students, were both awarded $20,000 college scholarships from KFC. The scholarship donation was especially meaningful for Jackson, a single mom who noted that one reason she joined the military more than 20 years ago was so her parents wouldn’t have to pay for her college education.

 

While Jackson knew she would be surprising her two daughters, she wasn’t aware that other members of her family, including her mother, father and two sisters would also be on hand for the reunion, flying from South Carolina and Florida to take part in her homecoming.

KFC was inspired to host this reunion by the Joining Forces program. The national initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society – citizens, communities, businesses, non-profits, faith based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government – to ensure military families have the support they have earned.

 

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