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Dad stuck overseas sends a video surprise


A brave soldier deployed to Kuwait couldn’t attend his son’s NYU graduation — so he surprised him with a heartfelt video at a ceremony in Brooklyn on Friday.

Wearing a camouflage uniform and a proud look, Army Staff Sergeant Pedro Cruz Jr. told his son Pedro Cruz III, 22, of Staten Island he may be 6,317 miles away — but he’s right there with him “in heart and spirit.”

“He said he’s proud of me and that he loves me. It’s wonderful. I didn’t expect this at all,” said Cruz, a civil and urban engineering major at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, who hasn’t seen his dad in person for seven months.

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