Soldier returns home, surprising mother

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A Greenville mother was surprised to see her son, a soldier who served in Afghanistan, at the Ford International Airport Saturday.

Deann Oliver is a member of the Blue Star Mothers group. She was at the airport Saturday because she was told another mother in the group was having her child come home.

Oliver entered a WFGR radio contest to have her son flown home, but wasn’t told she won an early visit from her son.

“We’re getting teary eyed with her because I think it’s like a big family. It doesn’t matter whose child is coming home, it’s your child and you just kind of adopt them no matter what,” said Oliver, before she knew she would be reunited with her son.reunion 062114

Mitchell Oliver, 20, served in Afghanistan for six months and has been in the Army since he graduated high school. He was able to come home a few days early to pull off the surprise reunion thanks to Ed Kohen Automative Group and WFGR.

“I always knew that somewhere down the road he was gonna try to pull it off, but as soon as I saw him, I thought ‘that little turkey’ he pulled it off then also ‘yay’ I have him a couple extra days so it’s good to have him home,” said Oliver.

Mitchell will be redeployed to Afghanistan in the fall.

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