Green Bay soldier surprises family by coming home for Christmas
2023/07/19

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Tyrel Miller hasn't seen his family since May.

"It gets hard, because you're away from home," said Miller. "Especially for every other holiday."

But on Saturday, the Millers got an early Christmas gift.

After being stationed in Germany, Army Pfc. Miller surprised his family.

Miller's Mom, Michelle, picked him up from the Appleton airport Friday night.

She started planning the military homecoming nearly two months ago.

But getting the family together without suspicion wasn't easy.

"We were gonna go to South Carolina to see his graduation in January," said Michelle Miller. "So that's what today was about cause he was supposed to call us.

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That's what they thought."

Miller's great-uncle and fellow soldier, Don, calls Saturday's surprise a blessing.

"I've been in the military myself for 20 some years and you see the uniform right away you pick up, oh hey something special is happening right," said Don Miller. "And for us it was because he hadn't been home in a long time, so we're good for that."

Miller will be deployed again in January.

"You're missing the birthdays, everything and watching the family grow up. So that's the hardest part," said Tyrel Miller.

Still, the Millers say they'll enjoy the time they have together through the start of the New Year.

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