MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Brianna Duey gave thanks Wednesday at her journalism class at Miami-Dade’s Felix Varela Senior High School.  She was thankful for her family, and grateful to know that she has so much that others, sadly, don’t have to give thanks for on this Thanksgiving holiday – a stable home, the promise of a higher education, material benefits that can help her achieve her ambition of becoming a movie producer.

But Brianna’s heart was heavy knowing that her father, Captain Jason Duey, was on duty in war-torn Afghanistan and would not be in their Southwest Miami-Dade home to celebrate the holiday with her and the rest of the family.

CBS4 Reporter Gary Nelson visited Brianna’s class Wednesday to do a feature story on Thanksgiving and family in a class filled with aspiring reporters, photographers and film makers.

In the true spirit of the holidays, Gary took on the assignment hoping for a happy ending.