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Dad comes home from Iraq to surprise of son

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A Brunswick County first grader got the shock of his life when his father paid a surprise visit to his school.

It was a surprise because his father just made it back from a 22-hour flight from Iraq.

For weeks, 6-and-a-half-year old, Brennan Kosmeh has been communicating with his father by phone. Six months ago, his father John Kosmeh left for Iraq.

So every Wednesday, Brennan was allowed a couple minutes to speak with his dad on the phone.

Kosmeh had been aiding troops at a medical clinic in Iraq. After delays because of sand storms, and nearly a full day on a plane, he made it home.

“I’ve always had a respect for the military, but to go over there and see what these guys go through every single day and for them not to have a choice to be able to come home,” said Kosmeh. “I could be able to pack up and go home any day I wanted, those guys are out there doing this every single day without a choice of coming home.”

This visit was the idea of Brennan’s first grade teacher who has been helping him cope in his father’s absence. For weeks, Brennen kept pictures of his father in his special backpack that had been sent to him from overseas.

After getting over the initial shock, Brennan started planning for a day with his dad. “Go to Chucky Cheese’s with him, and go to Jungle Rapids with him, that’s the first thing I want to do.”

When it comes to dad’s plans, all he has on the agenda is spending time catching up. When John Kosmeh is home in Wilmington, he serves as a paramedic for New Hanover County.

There is a happy ending to the story. John Kosmeh is home to stay.

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videoA Brunswick County first grader got the shock of his life when his father paid a surprise visit to his school.

It was a surprise because his father just made it back from a 22-hour flight from Iraq.

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