Soldier welcomed home from Iraq


Thursday, December 23rd 2004, 10:01 am
By: News On 6


Christmas came early for a Broken Arrow family, their present came wrapped in fatigues. News on 6 reporter Omar Villafranca has more on a soldier's reunion that's sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Christmas is almost here for the Bray family. They're just waiting on their last present. US Army Reserve Master Sergeant Leo Bray is back from a year in Iraq, just in time for the holidays. The emotional reunion turned teary when his daughter read him a poem she was saving for Thursday.

The Bray's say the best present this Christmas isn't wrapped under the tree; it's having their family all together again. Leo’s wife, Talitha Bray: "This is all I need. I didn't buy anything else because this is my Christmas gift, just to have him home safe." Daughter Charisse Bray: "I just want to have fun with him. I want to go everyplace with him."

Master Sergeant Bray doesn't need a parade or fancy gifts to remember this Christmas. He's got his family, but he is looking forward to a few luxuries. "It's going to be a Christmas dinner I'm going to be looking forward to, ya know? Usually I'm at the golf course, but I think I just want to be home."

Master Sergeant Bray is returning home with some honors. He was recently awarded the Bronze Star for his service.