Soldier surprises family at sister’s graduation

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ESCONDIDO, California (CNN) — It was a surprise that took months of planning, but U.S. Army Pfc. Eddie Bustin pulled it off.

Everyone in his family thought he was 6,000 miles away, and wouldn’t be able to attend his baby sister’s middle school graduation in Escondido, California.

Just a day earlier, he was in South Korea and hadn’t seen him family in nearly a year.

“I called her back in January asking, ‘What do you want for graduation?’ and she said, ‘All I want is for you to be here,” Bustin recalled.

So, without telling a soul, he saved his money – flights home aren’t cheap.

He actually worried his investment may not pay off. But, it was money well spent.

“Nice job girl. Your brother loves you. Your brother loves you,” he said to his little sister, as she hugged him on the stage.

His twin sister, then his mom, ran to him shortly after.

The family says they’ll enjoy the short time they’ll have with him. His trip home is only for two weeks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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