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Soldier surprises wife with early homecoming in Lakeland

He was not expected home until end of July
Posted at 6:01 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 18:01:00-04

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Outback Steakhouse off of U.S. 98 in Lakeland was the spot of Corey and Tania Terry's first date.

On Wednesday, it hosted their happy reunion.

"I thought I was having lunch with his sister that was coming into town," Tania said.

The restaurant staff had first informed Tania and those with her, who were in on the surprise, that there was going to be a media presence there for an event honoring the troops. When staff made an announcement referencing a first date, Tania soon realized her husband, an Army specialist deployed to the Middle East, was walking up right behind her.

"I just want to see her cry today, that's it," U.S. Army Specialist Corey Terry had told ABC Action News, before the surprise.

Tania shed tears as she talked to the media.

"It is hard, having him away, missing certain things," she said.

Corey had not seen his newborn son, Elias, who turned four months old Wednesday, since April. He will get to spend several weeks with his family in the U.S. before being deployed again.