Beverly Amos had just said her son Brett, who had served a year in Iraq, wouldn’t be home until early Monday morning when her voice quivered — and then broke off.

“My son’s home now!” she screamed.

After a few moments, Amos came back to her cell phone to say the family “told me he wouldn’t be back until (tomorrow). I didn’t know he was already home.”

Twenty-year-old Brett Amos is a member of the Charlie Company, the Dalton-based unit of Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Infantry Brigade. He did not return home with his fellow soldiers, who came home two weeks ago today.

When Brett Amos returned to Fort Stewart from Iraq, he went to Utah for additional training to become a sergeant.

His stay at home in Murray County is short. He got home Sunday and is returning to Fort Stewart near Savannah today for a couple weeks.

Brett Amos’s two days are devoted to family, including his wife Alicia and his daughter Reiley, who was born in June after he was deployed in May 2005.

Beverly Amos only spent 30 minutes with him Sunday afternoon, and won’t see him again until he returns from Fort Stewart.

“It tickled me to death” to find out he was home earlier than she expected, she said later Sunday afternoon.

“I had just stopped (at her brother-in-laws) to pick up Brett’s dad (Terry Parker), and I saw his car,” Beverly Amos said. “But I thought it was just his wife, until he came out of the door. I about started crying.

“He’s mine and his dad’s hero. He made sergeant in less than three years.”

Brett Amos was a senior in high school at Southeast Whitfield in 2004 when he decided to enlist in the Georgia Army National Guard. He graduated on a Friday, reported for boot camp on a Saturday, and received his orders for deployment before finishing boot camp, Beverly Amos said.

She said Brett Amos now plans to study a medical field.

“I’m proud of him,” she said. “I’m excited because he has a daughter that’s a year old and he hasn’t gotten to know her. We finally get to see him with his daughter, my first grandchild.”

Beverly Amos doesn’t know much about Brett Amos’s time in Iraq.

“He won’t hardly tell me anything because it tears my nerves up too bad,” she said. “To know one of my kids is going through something like that, it’s just too much for any mother to go through. It was trying, scary. But with God’s help we got through it.”

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