A surprise family reunion at a Berlin-Brothersvalley basketball game Saturday left many in the audience emotional, basketball director Kerry Hersch said.
A woman who was stationed in Afghanistan for the United States armed forces returned home to surprise her 6 year old son and 2 year old daughter, Hersch said.
“It was just too cute of a thing to miss,” she said. “It was so sweet.”
Janna Kuh, originally of Berlin, walked out onto the gym floor were her son, Corbin, was waiting with no knowledge of his mother’s return, Hersch said.
“He was so excited,” she said. “The whole room was all tears then.”
Hersch said she was very thankful everyone got to witness the reunion.
“I just think it was an honor we got to be part of that,” she said.
Kuh was stationed in Afghanistan for the U.S. Air Force for five months. During that time, Corbin and her daughter, Bailey, have been staying with their grandmother in Berlin.
“I hadn’t seen them since mid-August,” she said. “It was wonderful.”
Being stationed in a war zone has its stresses, Kuh said, but being separated from her family was the hardest part.
Kuh said she was both excited and nervous to walk out and see her children.
“I wasn’t sure of the reaction I’d get,’ she said. “All of the folks in Berlin were very supportive.”
Kuh said she has plans to return home to San Antonio, Texas, this week where she and her husband, Alex, are living. Alex Kuh also serves in the armed forces and is working in Florida until May, she said.
Kuh said she was very grateful for the support she has received from the Berlin community.
Kuh’s mother, Jane Black, said the reunion was a great thing to witness.
“It was amazing, really emotional,” Black said. “We’re very proud of her.”