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Arkansas Soldier Surprisingly Comes Home To Family, Advise To Get Assistance

FORT CARSON, CO - JUNE 15: A soldier salutes the flag during a welcome home ceremony for troops arriving from Afghanistan on June 15, 2011 to Fort Carson, Colorado. More than 500 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team returned home following a year of heavy fighting and high casualties in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Following a six-month deployment, an Arkansas soldier had a joyful homecoming home.

KARK said Second Lieutenant Justin Legris spent that time in the Army National Guard, training at Fort Leonard Wood and attending Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning.

The father and educator shocked many when he returned this weekend, creating not one but two memorable moments with people who missed him back home.

The return of Legris to Arkansas this weekend was both pleasant and unexpected for his two children, Elizabeth and William.

They were to the Little Rock Zoo to view the animals, but when it came time for the miniature horse to come out to say hello, the kids had no idea it would be their father.

The zoo has a particular place in the family’s heart since it was the final time they were all together before the soldier got deployed.

He remembered them going to the zoo on the day they dropped him off at the hotel.

Given their history, it seemed only natural that the zoo would be the first location the family met following his deployment.

BOLDOC, AFGHANISTAN – NOVEMBER 23: (SPAIN OUT, FRANCE OUT, AFP OUT) Corporal Catherine Broussard, 22, a US Marine with the FET (Female Engagement Team) 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II tries to communicate with some Afghan girls during a village medical outreach on November 23, 2010 in Boldoc, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. There are 48 women presently working along the volatile front lines of the war in Afghanistan deployed as the second Female Engagement team participating in a more active role, gaining access where men can’t. The women, many who volunteer for the 6.5 month deployment take a 10 week course at Camp Pendleton in California where they are trained for any possible situation, including learning Afghan customs and basic Pashtun language. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

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The unexpected visits did not, however, end with a trip to view the animals. Legris also teaches music at Springhill Elementary School in Greenbrier.

On Monday, his pupils expected to witness a webcast of his graduation. Instead, they were ecstatic to see their favorite instructor come into the classroom.

In the case of Legris and his family, preparations are already on for a party to commemorate daddy’s return, a gift for which the whole family is grateful.

Not Every Soldier Can Adjust Easily From Environments After Coming Home From Department

WWNYTV said several soldiers may find it difficult to return home after a deployment. As a result, one doctor advises getting assistance.

Returning troops may have anger difficulties, sleep problems, or difficulty reintegrating with society, according to Dr. Todd Benham, Fort Drum’s installation director of psychological health.

He believes this is due to specific events he had while overseas or just a change in lifestyle. According to Dr. Benham, receiving assistance as soon as possible is best.

According to Dr. Benham, these troops are suffering in silence for a longer period of time. Many of the people he has helped over the years have waited longer than they would have liked. As a result, if the soldiers take care of it immediately away, their quality of life will improve. He also said that by getting assistance, the troops’ relationships would be less affected.

Returning troops, according to Dr. Benham, should lean on their friends and family for assistance. Fort Drum also offers a number of tools to assist troops.

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