LOVELAND - For nine months one brother did his job of serving his country while deployed with the U.S. Army to Kuwait. For those same nine months the other brother tried to focus on his school work at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland.
For those nine months the brothers kept each other in their thoughts.
"I still wish he was home. I miss him and get upset and stuff," 16-year-old Scot Gorter said.
His big brother is 26-year-old Josh McCollum, a PFC in the U.S. Army based at Fort Carson. Missing family reminds a soldier how long nine months can be.
"They're never far from mind. Down time sucks because that's all you think about is coming back home," McCollum said.
When his deployment ended McCollum decided to surprise his little brother with his return. When the high school junior walked into his classroom his big brother was there to greet him with a big hug.
"We're close. He was pretty upset even when I left for basic training last year, so I knew that of anybody that I could surprise and affect the most it would be him," McCollum said.
"I got very emotional. I'm a crybaby," said Gorter of his reaction to seeing his brother.
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