Veteran surprises family in Axton after months of being apart

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AXTON, Va. (WFXR) — A family was reunited in Axton this past Mother’s Day weekend after spending half a year apart.

Mason Garza and his mother Crystal Garza have built a close connection with their dirt-bike family at Lake Sugar Tree Motorsports Park in Axton. However, they have an even closer connection with a special man who’s been away for a long time.

Mason and Crystal have become accustomed to the dirt-bike life. The mother-son team travel to different tracks. He races and she does basic maintenance on dirt bikes

“He’s trained and raced here for approximately four years with Ryan Smith and the Lake Sugar Tree family,” said Crystal. “They are just amazing. It became a family hobby, it really did.”

However, the third member of their family can’t always be around for Mason’s victories.

According to Crystal, “Many times, my husband is only able to see Mason through Facetime or photos and videos and doesn’t get to see his live accomplishments.”

Brehl Garza, Mason’s father, served in the United States Army for 20 years. Now, he’s a contractor for the Military and has been deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq for all of Mason’s life.

“He’s always asking when I’m coming home, but before, those questions were never asked,” Brehl said.

Now that Mason is getting older, the deployments are more significant. This year, Brehl’s homecoming was scheduled for January but was pushed back for at least another four months.

“When I told them I wasn’t coming home, he got mad and said, ‘you guys lied to me,'” said Brehl.

When it was finally time for Brehl to come home again, Crystal wanted it to be special, saying, “We were going to sacrifice — Mason and I — and not come this weekend and Brehl said, ‘no don’t stop I’m going to meet you there.'”

For the first time in months, Brehl walked onto the supercross track and met his son at the finish line.

Brehl’s son, Mason, told WFXR News, “I didn’t know he was coming, I thought he was going to be back in another one month or two… I was pretty happy.”

“He was balling his eyes out,” Crystal said. “He said, ‘I just want to see my daddy.'”

Mason won first place this weekend and got to spend the rest of the day racing in front of the man who is always first place in his heart.

“This is the perfect Mother’s Day gift,” Crystal added. “I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Crystal says she isn’t sure when Brehl will be called back to service, but she’s hoping they’ll get at least a few months of family time.

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