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Military Dad Surprises Son at Alamo
 Military Dad Surprises Son at Alamo
Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman
Staff Sgt. Matthew Rasberry surprises his son Benny during lunch at Alamo Elementary. Rasberry was deployed to Qatar in September and had not seen his family since then.  
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Military Dad Surprises Son at Alamo

By: Susan Passmore

Alamo pre-kindergartener Benny Rasberry excitedly trotted onto the stage as his name was called as the winner of the good behavior drawing.

“It’s cool!” he said into the microphone as he waited for his prize.

But he forgot all about that prize when his dad Staff Sgt. Matthew Rasberry stepped out from behind the curtains, engulfing his son in a big bear hug. Rasberry was deployed to Qatar in September and had not seen his family – wife Jasmin and sons Benny, 5, Carlos, 2, and Mateo, 7 months – since then.

Military Dad Surprises Son at Alamo “He knew I was coming home, but he didn’t know when,” said Rasberry. “Since he was in school, we decided to surprise him at lunch.

They had enlisted help from Maria Sauza, Jasmin’s mother, who was on hand for the surprise with Jasmin’s sister Aida Sauza, to help with the boys, since Rasberry had flown in the night before and didn’t want to spoil the surprise for Benny.

Rasberry, a 2003 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, has served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years, and this was his fourth deployment. He is now stationed at McConnell AFB in Kansas. Meanwhile, Jasmin Rasberry, a Ross S. Sterling High School graduate, moved back to Baytown to be close to family so that she could go to school to pursue a career in nursing. Right now, they are all just happy to be together for the next two weeks.

“My daddy – he was back there!” said Benny, pointing to the curtain as he happily ate his lunch.
As lunch ended and Rasberry got ready to go see his other two sons, Benny was already making plans.

“Hey, Dad, I want to play ‘Hello Neighbor,’” he said.


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