Separated by service, siblings celebrate holiday together

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

FRANKSTON, TX (KLTV) - When all three are together, it's hard to get a word in, edgewise.

"We butt heads," said Airman 1st Class Laura Goodgame.

It's the first Christmas in years Laura and her brothers, Airman 1st Class Michael Razis and Airman Stephen Razis have all been able to sit around the same table.

Mike, the youngest, was the first one back home East Texas.  His older brother, Stephen came home the next day.

Last year, Laura sent holiday greetings home from her base in Alaska.  This year, her brothers joined the Welcome Home Soldiers group at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport to welcome her home and say hello in person.

"It's great," said Laura.  "I've been thinking about it for several months."

The three said they're looking forward to spending quality time together.

"X-Box, we play a lot of X-Box," said Laura.

"Most likely, we're not going to get to see each other for a long, long time," said Michael.

Family is still very important to the siblings.  Their family is still growing.

Stephen came home December 19th and was married the next day.  His new wife, Zenia, said the wedding was planned in three months.

"It was pretty crazy trying to get everyone there," she said.

"We had a little wrestling match the night before," said Michael.  Apparently, Stephen didn't win. "I'm bigger," Michael said.

Laura, a photo-journalist with the Air Force, said she is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan after the first of the year.  Her brother, Mike will ship out to Japan.  Stephen is scheduled to transfer to Charleston after finishing up tech school.

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