This week I shot a story for the Oregonian about the reunification of three brothers in Corning, NY after three decades of estrangement. I was assigned to the story alongside Oregonian staff writer, Kelly House, to produce both stills and video. I spent the better part of Thursday with the Saxbury family as they waited patiently while arrival times seemed to dance back and forth for Ed's arrival. Both Wick and Bill paced back and forth for hours in Wick's house, peering out windows as if expecting Ed to appear suddenly.
After 28 years of separation, Wick and Bill thought their third brother had passed away since returning from the Vietnam war. Since his return, Ed had become homeless for years, eventually finding his way to Portland, Oregon. After giving up alcohol and turning his life around, Ed became active with his fellow veterans where he met writer Kelly House. House wrote a short article about an organized fishing trip for veterans, when Bill came across the article online. This weekend, Ed flew to Corning where he embraced his brothers and finally returned home.