Renee Stokes appeared on NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (hosted by Howie Mandel) proudly sporting "America Supports You" pins. She was competing to win up to $1,000,000 and she told Mandel that her husband was deployed in Iraq so she had brought her mom and sister for support...
"At the show's beginning, Stokes said she and her husband had just celebrated their one-year anniversary, but it was a lonely celebration because he was in Iraq. She said if she won the $1,000,000 prize, she would buy herself a motorcycle to match the one she and her husband bought right after they got married.
After Stokes had played the game for three rounds and had to make a decision of whether to make a "deal" and accept a cash amount instead of continuing with the game, she was given a huge surprise by host Howie Mandel.
"This is a tough decision, a big decision, and I know you brought supporters and family. I also know that your biggest supporter is not here," Mandel said. "This is a time you have to make a serious decision. You've got to get as much help as you can possibly get."
As Mandel finished saying this, Stokes' husband, Justin, appeared on a large video screen via satellite from Fallujah, Iraq. Justin's appearance was greeted by screaming and applause from Stokes, her family and friends, and the audience.
"I already won my million," Stokes said, referring to her chance to see Justin.
Justin was able to provide advice and encouragement to Stokes throughout the rest of the show, with the help of Marines from his unit who were assembled behind him." (Read the whole story)
Stokes ended up winning $28,000.