A North Texas soldier was on a secret mission Monday. His assignment as to surprise his children by returning home for Christmas — and it was mission accomplished.
At LaRue Miller Elementary, flags, songs and handmade signs made for a warm welcome home for Army Specialist Aliyah Ben-Israel. But, Ben-Israel is more than a soldier, she’s a parent, and she’s ‘Mommy’ to second-grader Tristyn.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard Altobello is on his latest mission. Friday he was on one of his most important missions — a secret visit to a North Texas elementary school to surprise his 9-year-old daughter Ashlyn.
The town of Celina has come to the aid of a soldier who sustained horrifying burns but survived a suicide bombing in Afghanistan. The wounded veteran was even able to help break ground on the new home being built for him.
A North Texas veteran, unable to work since he was injured by an IED in Iraq, received a key for the “American Dream” — a free house.
The memories of the battles he fought in Iraq came home, to Fairview, with Corporal Gregory Schneider. It was the long, confidential conversations he had with his father that helped Schneider rise above the darkness that overwhelmed him after his return.
A Plano family, along with their entire neighborhood, is celebrating. Unlike most North Texans, it’s not just because of the Mavericks win – they’re celebrating Christmas.