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​U.S. Army Reservist Surprises His Family & Meets His Son For The First Time At An Anaheim Ducks Game!

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We just love when sports teams do this kind of stuff!

The Anaheim Ducks wanted to reunite a member of the armed forces with his family this holiday season, and the lucky man was Sgt. 1st Class Robert Vandenberg Jr.

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The U.S. Army reservist found out his wife of 12 years, Patricia Vandenberg, was pregnant only two weeks before he had to ship out to Afghanistan last February. So, he's never met his son Travis in-person until now.

At the game on Wednesday, Robert was supposed to talk to his family on the Jumbotron, but they appeared to experience some 'technical difficulties.' He explained:

"We're best friends and we've never kept anything from each other. I had to pretend like the Internet was going out, and that we were returning equipment and wouldn't be able to talk, and that I couldn't do FaceTime anymore."

Then he snuck up on his wife and surprised her!

This was Robert's third deployment, so the Ducks helped him come home early for the holidays and made this special moment happen (below) They also gave the Vandenbergs a hockey stick and puck signed by the team.

As for Robert, he talked about seeing his sons, saying:

"My older one, he was shy at first, but he's warming up now. My infant has always been very mellow and good for my wife, but when she gives him to someone else, he cries. The amazing thing is he hasn't cried when I hold him unless he's hungry or needs a new diaper."

After the new year begins, Robert will go to a civilian job, though he's still in the reserves for another six years.

Ch-ch-check out the truly heartwarming moment (below)!

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