U.S. Army Specialist from Moundsville makes surprise visit home from Hawaii


U.S. Army Specialist, Brian Arrojo has been stationed in Hawaii for two years. At home, he leaves behind the apple of his eye, an 8 year old daughter, Audriana.
It’s been nine months since they’ve last seen each other. That is, until she unwrapped a silver Christmas box, quiet but anxiously waiting to be opened at her family’s Christmas photo shoot.

A uniformed surprise. Her father, fresh off the plane and ready to hold his daughter. For 8 year old Audri the excitement was too much to handle.

“I’m shaking a lot but… I don’t know what else to say,” said Audri. 

“I knew there was probably going to be a person in there because of how big that box box was,” said Brian Arrojo. 

The whole family was there. Even Brian’s mother, Sherri York, who’s been planning this for months. The unaffordable flights, being the hardest part. So, Gold, Khorey and Turak is covering the travel expenses.

“If anyone has priced tickets for Hawaii, it’s very expensive. Everybody wants to go there for vacation but it’s very expensive to travel there,” said Brian’s mother, Sherri York. 

Teena Miller is an attorney, mother and military wife.
Her husband has been deployed twice and she’s constantly reminding her kids of their strength.
A message she also shared with Audriana.

“I tell my kids all the time that military kids are the strongest kids I know and that’s because they have to spend extended period of time away from their parents,” said Miller.

Army Specialist Arrojo plans on spending the remainder of his visit with family until he heads back to Hawaii mid January.

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