Boy with Down Syndrome doesn’t know his military dad returns home and stands behind him

The son, 15-year-old Joshua who has Down’s Syndrome, had no idea what was about to happen, until someone gave him a tap. Next? You need to see this!


Military men and women deserve all the respect for everything they do for each and every one of us. They miss on so much while they are deployed in a far-away countries, but at the end of the day, they are aware that it is their sacrifice that helps protect the country and its people.

The best thing about deployment is returning home to your family and friends. These reunions are always very touching.

Tech Sgt John Grieten spent 6 months in South West Asia. When the time came for him to return home he wanted to give his two children the ultimate surprise, so he decided to visit them at school without them being aware of it.

Grieten’s 15-year-old son, Joshua, has Down Syndrome. He is very close to his father whom he missed dearly. One day, while at the school canteen, Grieten stood behind his son for a couple of seconds before he approached and asked if the seat next to him was taken. Joshua couldn’t hide his excitement. He was so happy that he felt the urge to tell everyone that the brave military man was his dad. “Everybody, this is my Dad!” he told the crowd.

However, the surprise wasn’t over yet. The proud dad went on to greet his daughter. Just as her brother, Jessica, 11, leaped into her daddy’s arms.

This is cute beyond words and so worth watching and sharing with your friends. Check it out below.