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Military family surprised with trip to Disney World: 'Are you kidding me?'

Watch for a new CBS 6 Month of Giving surprise every day in December on CBS 6 News at 6 a.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.
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Posted at 9:09 PM, Dec 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-19 15:14:14-05

RICHMOND, Va. — Bree Sison recently made the holiday season a bit brighter for one Richmond military family as part of the CBS 6 Month of Giving made possible by Virginia Credit Union.

Shae Hockaday, a recent VCU graduate thought Bree was visiting the campus to do a story on the office of Military Students Services.

"I always kind of knew that my whole idea of my service wasn't done yet," Hockaday explained of her time in the United States Marine Corps before being injured. This past year, she served as President of VCU's chapter of the Student Veterans of America.

"A big thing that we tried to do with the SVA (Student Veterans of America), is to make sure that we are keeping our veterans and military-affiliated students engaged."

VCU Military Student Services Director Stephen Ross sang Shae's praises.

"Being a Marine, she's a little more outspoken than most," Ross said. "And you know, she's got kids and responsibilities and a new husband. And so you know, a lot of times it's good to see somebody that works so hard and does so many things for so many other people get taken care of too."

Bee then broke the news that they weren't actually there to film a story about the Military Students Services Center, but to surprise Shae for the CBS 6 Month of Giving.

"Are you kidding me right now," the floored graduate said before adding some more colorful words of excitement.

"When I talked to VCU, they immediately thought of you," Bree said. "And I heard that you were going to this conference in January, which happens to be in Orlando."

With help from friends, Bree secured four tickets to Disney World and a $200 Visa gift card, courtesy of Virginia Credit Union, so Shae can take her family and "really enjoy the conference."

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