Soldier surprises his son during Suns game

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Eight-year-old Logan Bledsoe was called to the court at US Airways Center for a contest during Monday’s Phoenix Suns game. But he had no idea the surprise in store behind his blindfold and through the court-side tunnel.

His dad, Specialist Jamie Bledsoe of the California National Guard, walked on court to give Logan a hug for the first time in over nine months, since his deployment to Afghanistan.

“How ya doin’?” Bledsoe could be heard saying upon embracing his son, overwhelmed with emotion.

“It’s been really hard, just to live by myself with my mom, grandma and grandpa,” Logan said.

Logan and his father Skyped as often as possible during deployment, but obviously nothing replaces seeing his dad in person.

“Mostly excitement,” Logan said of his initial reaction.

“I feel great,” Bledsoe said. “I didn’t expect that much of a reaction from him ... It was more than I thought it would be.”

The surprise was met with a standing ovation by the stadium; many fans were brought to tears. Bledsoe told 3TV all he focused on in that moment was his son.

Grateful for his own reunion, Bledsoe has this advice for his friends and fellow service members still deployed: “Talk to your family, regardless, any chance you can get,” he said.

The special reunion was organized by the Phoenix Suns and Streets of New York as part of their “Welcome Home Hero” program.