Family Surprises Western New York Soldier

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 1:38 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 1:38 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - She's served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now Lieutenant Colonel Darlene Liberti is home with her family.

Liberti came back to the U.S. a few weeks ago, but this is her first trip back to Buffalo since her tour, and her family gave a surprise party.

She and her husband are from Western New York, and now live in Florida.

Lieutenant Colonel Liberti previously served a year in Iraq and was awarded two services medals.

Right now, only 15 percent of U.S. soldiers are women.

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