Returning Soldier Surprises Little Brother at Maryland Elementary School

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    Two brothers celebrated a reunion in Landover, Md., Friday -- a reunion they weren't certain would happen. News4 Prince George's County Bureau reporter Zachary Kiesch was there for the surprise. (Published Monday, Sept. 16, 2013)

    Two very happy brothers are celebrating their reunion in Landover, Md., and it's a reunion they weren't certain would happen.

    Army Spc. Kevin Smith, 29, just returned from serving in Afghanistan, and he surprised his brother, second grader Darrius Thomas, at Columbia Park Elementary School Friday.

    Darrius had been anxiously waiting for the return of his idol.

    “We all have role models in life, superstar basketball players or football players, but to have someone in your own home that you can put your hands on, it makes a big difference,” said their mother, Kelly Tolbert.

    “Seeing him is a very good thing,” Smith said. “This my little homie right here.”

    He goes above and beyond at protecting our country, too. A Purple Heart Winner and Medal of Valor recipient, he is a true American hero.

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