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Beaverton woman surprised with son's military homecoming

Christmas came early for a Beaverton woman this year after her son surprised her with his homecoming on Veterans Day.

Posted: Nov 12, 2017 11:09 AM

BEAVERTON, Ore. - Christmas came early for a Beaverton woman this year after her son surprised her with his homecoming on Veterans Day.

April Yakubchak's son, Austin is in the air force and has been away for more than a year.

With the help of his aunt, he hid the news about his homecoming until Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. He knocked on the front door and asked his sister, who answered, to stay quiet until he sprang on his mom.

"Next thing I know, I'm looking down the hallway and he's walking towards me and I absolutely lost my mind," said Yakubchak.

She said she's very close to Austin and he doesn't keep many secrets from her. But this time was different.

"He doesn't keep much from mama. But this one, and with the help of my sister, his aunt...to get him home without being found out," said Yakubchak.

Yakubchak said it's been hard being away from her son.

"A lot of days I cried. A lot of days I would just sit and look at pictures on my phone or reminiscence on other military homecomings. Just waiting for my turn," said Yakubchak.

Now that Austin is home, she said she's going to make the most of it.

"I woke up this morning pinching myself and I ran downstairs to make sure he was still here sleeping. And it was just great to wake up and have coffee with him this morning and breakfast. Definitely, my heart is full and complete that he's home," said Yakubchak.

Austin will be home through Thanksgiving.

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