Deployed stepfather surprises Brevard County senior for graduation

Published On: May 17 2013 11:09:02 AM EDT
Updated On: May 17 2013 04:41:58 PM EDT
PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. -

A Space Coast Junior/Senior High School student got a special surprise at her Senior Breakfast Friday morning--a reunion by her stepfather, who is deployed in Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy.

2nd-Class Boatsmate Eric Besveld has spent the past nine months stationed in Afghanistan, but says he refused to miss the graduation of his stepdaughter, 18-year-old Alesha Tackett.

"I wanted to do something special," Besveld told Local 6. "I didn't want to miss it."

Tackett, who plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University, was at her Senior Breakfast Friday morning when she was served by her stepfather.

When asked what it felt like to see her stepfather surprising her for graduation, Tackett said she felt "surprised, excited and happy."

Besveld will watch Tackett graduate at 7 p.m. Friday before return to Afghanistan Sunday for a week. He will then come back home from active duty to the Navy Reserves.

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