Marine vet takes girl whose PTSD-afflicted dad killed self to father-daughter dance

The brotherhood of the Marines helped fifth-grader Khloe Braunstein feel special.

Steve Exceen, a Marine vet, took Khloe to a father-daughter dance, known as Ties and Tiaras.

Khloe’s dad, Kody, also a Marine veteran, took his life after a battle with post-traumatic stress disorder when Khloe was just 2 1/2.

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KIVI-TV reported that Khloe had been bullied at school for being fatherless.

“I’ve never gone to a daddy-daughter dance before so I was excited to go and get to experience it with someone,” said Khloe, who called the night “epic.”

Exceen had a different way of describing the night. To him, it "was emotional. ... I had to suck in my tears —  I think I watered my beard a little bit, ya know, ’cause I don’t cry, so I just had to water my beard a little bit.”

He said he did the good deed just to get her to smile.

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He said, "I'm hoping that other men will step up, and do the same thing for somebody and have them experience what Khloe’s experiencing."