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USO, Patriots Create Surprise Reunion for Military Family on Sunday Night Football

Monday, November 25, 2013

Video by Gayle Fishel  

Maj. Wellington Phillips III was already planning his homecoming from Southwest Asia when he got a call from the USO asking if he wanted to do it with a little style. On Sunday night, Phillips reunited with his wife, Dahlia, and 19-month-old son, Duke, on the field at Gillette Stadium during the first half of the New England Patriots' victory over the Denver Broncos. 

It was a banner evening for the military in Foxboro, Mass., as the Patriots and HB Communications provided a live feed of troops at USO Kandahar in Afghanistan watching the game to the crowd on the Patriots' jumbotron. Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett also chatted with troops at USO Kandahar during the game via a video link. 

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