Army National Guardsman SSGT Chris Maderer is hugged by daughters Beatrice, 5, (arm around his neck) and Courtney, 13, after he surprises his daughters at Norwood Park School of Chicago. Maderer is a three-time deployed soldier that has served over 18 years in the military. Maderer is currently with the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Hood (Texas) waiting for a transfer to a base in Illinois. He was given a 4-day pass to come home, since he has been gone since June of 2012 last year.
Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune