SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- There's something about military homecomings that appeal to all of us, but when a soldier returns home from active duty and surprises his family, that is something special.
United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Jerry Bray spent 7 months in Afghanistan.
"238 days in a combat zone is long enough for anyone," GySgt Bray says.
GySgt Bray arrived home Thursday, hadn't slept after a day and a half of traveling, and the first place he wanted to be was with his sons.
"I'm excited to see my kids, I miss them," GySgt Bray says.
While overseas, GySgt Bray planned to surprise 10-year-old son Jared and 8-year-old son Justin, while they were at school at Alice Maxwell Elementary School in Sparks.
News 4 was there for the heartwarming reunion.
As the three rushed to embrace each other, onlookers broke into tears.
We asked Jared if he was surprised? He said it was the best surprise he's ever had.
"This weekend we're going to relax and I get to spoil them with some money I saved up," GySgt Bray says.
GySgt Bray has been in the Marines for 16 and a half years, he says he's looking forward to retirement, and many fishing trips with his boys.