Soldier has surprise reunion with brother at Thompson Valley H.S.

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LOVELAND, Colo. -- Home several days before he was due, Pfc. Josh McCollum made one of his first stops at Thompson Valley High School to surprise his younger brother, Scott Gorter.

School officials called Scott to the office, while his soldier-brother and brother's wife made their way into the Family Living class. As the class was making pumpkin cookies, Scott returned only to come face to face with big brother Josh.

“Man, I had no idea of why I was called to the office!” said Gorter. “I knew he was coming home from Kuwait, but I didn’t know when.”

“I enlisted in April of 2012 and was shipped to the Middle East in February of this year," McCollum said. “Our mission was to help the Kuwaiti military on various operations and now that portion of our mission was over. They gave us leave which brings us back to Ft. Carson.”

Most of the class thanked the soldier for his service and were not really surprised when Scott told them he planned to follow in his brother’s footsteps by enlisting when he finishes high school.

The McCollums have two children so Josh figures he is home just in time to take them trick or treating!



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