He's been stationed in Germany for more than a year, and now the KOTA Territory soldier received one of the best Christmas gifts he could have imagined; a trip home.
When Private Lawrence Cross was told he could go home for the holidays, he immediately started looking for a plane ticket into Rapid City. Cross says the cheapest one he found was about $3,000, which was out of his price range. After posting his dilemma on the KOTA Facebook page, and reaching out to the community for help, he found a website dedicated to helping soldiers return home; www.easymilitarytravel.com.
Finally, Thursday night he found himself in the arms of his loved ones, and on his way home to surprise his six-year old daughter Grace.
"Missed her birthday, missed July 4th, and like Halloween and Thanksgiving and to her Christmas is a big time so I just wanted to be here for her so that's why I tried to make it home and I did which I'm finally glad I'm back," said Lawrence.
"I'm really glad that he's coming back, that we get to see him because he's my baby, he probably don't want me to say that, but he is my baby, I always tell him that he's my baby," said Lawrence's mother with a laugh.
Lawrence gets to spend about two weeks with his family before returning to Germany, and he is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan later this spring.