Video: Military Dad Surprise Daughter at Rays Game

Alayna Adams leaps into the arms of her father, Lt. Col. Will Adams, after he surprised her at Thursday night's Rays game. Credit Screen Shot.

Alayna Adams leaps into the arms of her father, Lt. Col. Will Adams, after he surprised her at Thursday night’s Rays game. Credit Screen Shot.

By Dalia Colon

Some things turn us to mush every time: Cute animals. Sappy Publix commercials. And most of all, surprise military reunions.

Nine-year-old Alayna Adams was chosen to throw out the first pitch at Thursday night’s Rays game. What the Dunedin girl didn’t know was that the catcher wasn’t a pro ball player. It was her dad, Lt. Col. Will Adams, just home from Afghanistan.

After Alayna threw the ball, her father caught it. Then he lifted his catcher’s mask. Alayna raced toward him and leaped into his arms.

And yes, the crowd went wild.

Here’s the video courtesy of the Sun Sports Rays and Fox Sports.

This Times article shares the back story of the surprise.

As for the baseball game, the Rays lost to the Boston Red Sox, 4 to 3. But Alayna Adams definitely walked away a winner.

Women Veterans: Military Sexual Trauma and Resources

womenVetsFlorida has an estimated 142,000 women veterans and many likely had their eyes on the Pentagon this week.

First, there was the deadline for the services to submit plans on how to integrate women into combat units or explain why women should remain banned. Many women already are serving in units exposed to combat but aren’t officially acknowledged.

And there is more news related to the growing problem of military sexual trauma.

We talked with an Air Force woman veteran, Larri Gerson, who now serves as a claims examiner with the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs and is a member of the federal, VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.

Courtesy Dept. of Defense

Courtesy Dept. of Defense

“I’m glad to talk about how important right now the topic of military sexual trauma (is) because if we had this year 29,000 cases, they estimated suffer from military sexual trauma, that’s going to be too much to wait for next year to talk about it,” Gerson said.

Recently allegations of sexual misconduct have been brought against two military members who are part of the military sexual trauma prevention programs.

Gerson said congress is taking testimony and considering legislation

She said the issue of women in combat also is important but is being addressed over a longer period of time.

Gerson provided several resources for women veterans and contacts.

For Florida women veterans issues, contact Florida’s State Women Veterans’ Coordinator Cynthia T. Brown at

For national women veterans issues, contact Larri Gerson at


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