COVID-19 cancels upstate soldier's return home

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U.S. Army Soldier Koleman Bryant has been serving in the U.S. Army overseas in Germany since 2016. The last time he saw his family was almost two years ago for Christmas of 2018. This week, Koleman was scheduled to return home to Anderson, SC, for what was supposed to be a month with his family before his redeployment to Oklahoma, but the coronavirus disrupted the reunion years in the making. “He called us and told us that due to the circumstances he said he wasn’t sure when he was going to get to come home,” said Koleman’s mother Susan Bryant. “They gave him a projected date of about 30 days but now it’s changed again and they’re saying he may come home in July but no definite. He really doesn’t know.”Susan says she was heartbroken when Koleman told her the news just days ago. They had several things planned as a family and were looking forward to spending rare quality time together.Susan says that Koleman loves to race and his father had been working on a race car that they were going to take to the Anderson Speedway to test out. She also says they had several small vacations and fishing trips planned as well. Now, none of that can happen. In their place, Susan flips through a photo album filled with pictures of Koleman. Something she says she does a little more often now, not knowing the next time she will get to see her son. “A lot of tears, a lot of times, a lot of smiles but a lot of tears,” said Susan. “His dad has a lot of tears too.”Susan says she plans on reaching out to local representatives in an effort to bring Koleman home.

U.S. Army Soldier Koleman Bryant has been serving in the U.S. Army overseas in Germany since 2016. The last time he saw his family was almost two years ago for Christmas of 2018. This week, Koleman was scheduled to return home to Anderson, SC, for what was supposed to be a month with his family before his redeployment to Oklahoma, but the coronavirus disrupted the reunion years in the making.

“He called us and told us that due to the circumstances he said he wasn’t sure when he was going to get to come home,” said Koleman’s mother Susan Bryant. “They gave him a projected date of about 30 days but now it’s changed again and they’re saying he may come home in July but no definite. He really doesn’t know.”

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Susan says she was heartbroken when Koleman told her the news just days ago. They had several things planned as a family and were looking forward to spending rare quality time together.

Susan says that Koleman loves to race and his father had been working on a race car that they were going to take to the Anderson Speedway to test out. She also says they had several small vacations and fishing trips planned as well. Now, none of that can happen.

In their place, Susan flips through a photo album filled with pictures of Koleman. Something she says she does a little more often now, not knowing the next time she will get to see her son.

“A lot of tears, a lot of times, a lot of smiles but a lot of tears,” said Susan. “His dad has a lot of tears too.”

Susan says she plans on reaching out to local representatives in an effort to bring Koleman home.

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