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East Texas soldier arrives home in time for Christmas

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Two East Texas families got just what they had wished for this Christmas, Sunday. One member of the Army and one member of the Navy arrived home to their families at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport Sunday afternoon.

Deck the halls with American flags, two Tyler area men are coming home for Christmas.

"It's the best Christmas present I could expect," Keith Gould, whose son is coming home, said.

One is from the Navy, the other is from the Army.

"I didn't know I was raising military guys, but that's the direction they went and I support them," Teresa Vega-Gould, whose son is coming home, said.

"Big brother joins the Army, I sort of follow in his footsteps, so he's one of my role models," Brady Gould, whose brother is coming home, said.

Brady Gould is in The National Guard and was dismissed from drill today to welcome his big brother home.

"Every time I get a call from Afghanistan it's a relief," Vega-Gould said.

She is standing by, only this time, she's getting much more than a phone call. Her oldest son, Brandon, has been in Afghanistan for nearly a year.

"About half way through the deployment I realized I would be able to come home for Christmas."

Jonathan Brush hasn't seen a Tyler Christmas in a while, either.

"Probably two years ago, I guess you could say you get used to it, but when you come back it always feels better," Brush said.

The two were welcomed by friends, family, and the community. The Welcome Home Soldiers group was there, too.

"I was surprised all these people showed up to do this for him, it was a whole lot different when I was in," Joe Brush, Jonathan's father who was also in the Navy, said.

Two families, with military sons and brothers united this Christmas.

"I feel very privileged to have two boys who see the necessity to defend our country," Keith Gould said.

Two more East Texas military men and women are scheduled to arrive tomorrow afternoon.

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