Soldier Returns From Afghanistan and Surprises Family at State of the Union

President Donald Trump and a soldier teamed up to surprise the soldiers family at the State of the Union on Tuesday night in Washington.

Trump spoke of veterans and gold star families who were attending his speech, saying “war places a heavy burden” on them before highlighting Amy Williams and her two young children.

“Amy works full time, and volunteers countless hours helping other military families,” Trump said. “For the past seven months, she has done it all while her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Townsend Williams, is in Afghanistan on his fourth deployment to the Middle East.”

Elliana, 6, and Rowan, 3, hadnt seen their fathers face for many months, the president said.

“Your sacrifice makes it possible for all of our people to live in safety and in peace and we want to thank you. Thank you, Amy,” Trump said, before adding, “Tonight we have a very special surprise. Your husband is back from deployment. He is here with us tonight. And we couldnt keep him waiting any longer.”

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Sgt. 1st Class Townsend Williams surprises his family by returning early from deployment in Afghanistan during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington on Feb. 4, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Sgt. Williams appeared and embraced his family, prompting cheers of “USA.”

“Welcome home, Sgt. Williams. Thank you very much. As the world bears witness tonight, America is a land of heroes. Theres a place where greatness is born, where destinies are forged and where legends come to life,” Trump said.

Williams said in a video posted by the U.S. Army that he transferred from the National Guard in 2005 after he realized he wanted to be a paratrooper.

“I hold service to my country, my unit, and my men very close to my heart. I wouldnt be able to do any of this without my family,” he said. “Im grateful to be able to serve in the United States Army. God Bless America.”

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Sgt. 1st Class Townsend Williams sits with his wife Amy Williams and children after he surprised her from a deployment in Afghanistan to attend President Donald Trumps State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Feb. 4, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)

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