Talk show host Ellen Degeneres is known for surprises and extravagant gifts. We confess there are times when we’ve been brought to tears by guests who never saw their blessings coming. And that’s what it is for Jessica Gerren: truly unexpected. Through their partnership with the Armed Forces Network, Ellen’s producers were able to get in touch with Marine Corporal Chris Gerren, offering a chance for husband and wife to finally talk over miles and miles. Or, y’know, a few feet. Little did Jessica know that Chris stood backstage, ready to spring a surprising and heartwarming homecoming on his beloved wife. Grab the tissues and hit play on the video below.