SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Staff Sergeant Collin Brennan surprised his wife and three daughters after being deployed for almost a year.

Julie Brennan and her three daughter just finished watching a movie at the theater when they got the surprise of a lifetime.

Brennan has been taking care of their three daughters with help from close friends and family. A close friend planned the surprise with Sergeant Brennan. He was originally supposed to come home a little later but was able to fly in right before the holidays.

"Relief I think is the first word that I can come to because it's been a long year. Trials and all kinds of stuff. I've missed him," said Brennan.

The family plans to spend time together and travel now that they're finally back together.

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