Soldier surprises sisters with heartwarming homecoming after a year away
2023/07/11

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Usually content to stay out of the spotlight, Army SPC Allen Castaneda decided a year-long separation from his younger sisters deserved a dramatic homecoming.

Watch the video for two sweet surprises.

"I just wanted to just let my sisters know like, 'hey, I've been thinking about you guys,'" said Castaneda.

The 24-year-old U.S. Army Reserve medic (and older brother to Leslie and Priscila Castaneda) chose his sisters' college campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to make his grand entrance.

"It was full of emotions all at once," said Priscila, 19.

After being apart for birthdays, graduations, Christmas and other family gatherings throughout the year, the sisters say they didn't realize how much they missed their brother until he was overseas.

"I'm a little shy sometimes," said Leslie, 20. "But I wasn't going to hold back on my emotions because it was a great surprise. I was really glad to see him. It's been a long time."

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