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Pollok soldier gives ultimate Mother's Day gift

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

He came home from war, giving Angela Russell the Mother's Day gift of a lifetime.

"He ran into the house as I was running to the door," Russell said. "We met each other at the door and he grabbed me up and I was very excited."

After 10 months in Afghanistan and a year away from home, Gage Richey is reunited with his mom.

"It was probably the greatest feeling in the world coming off the plane, back in the states after being over there," Richey said.

The U.S. Army private first class joined the army two years ago, just months after graduating from Central High School.

"I'm very proud of him and I respect the decisions he's made," Russell said.

The infantryman was responsible for patrolling in Afghanistan.

"It gets really hot and really dry and wearing all your gear, it's going to get really hot," Richey said.

The 20-year-old came home for a two-week leave in September, but went right back overseas to continue fighting.

"It was hard, coming back," Russell said. "I cried all the way back from Dallas after I dropped him off because I knew what he was going into."

But he came back on the heels of what's being called the biggest victory in the war's history.

"It's an awesome thing," Richey said. "It's a good thing and I'm glad it happened. I'm glad he's gone."

Osama bin Laden is dead and Richey is home safe for Russell, it's a Mother's Day worth celebrating.

"It's such a relief," Russell said. "I mean I was thinking about that yesterday. This is the best Mother's Day having him because he has not been home two Christmases, two Thanksgivings."

Richey will be home for 30 days. Then, he'll have to report back to Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

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