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Fayetteville Woman Deals With Restless Nights Since Start Of War

Posted March 21, 2003

— When war broke out, so did the tears for Angela White. WRAL has been following her and her children since her husband, Spc. Gerald White, deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division more than a month ago.

White has been telling her many friends who have called that she is doing all right, but in reality, knowing war was coming, she said she has not been able to eat since 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. Since the first bomb dropped in Iraq, she has not been able to sleep either

"If I laid in the bed, it bothered me even more. I'd rather get up and see what was going on instead of laying in bed wondering what was going on," she said.

Her mother spent the night. They wrote letters to Gerald to help the dark hours pass. On Friday, her sister-in-law is with her and her daughter, Savannah. White keeps thinking the worst about her husband, so it is difficult for her to be alone.

"I tell her every day, he's going to be fine. He will be fine," White said.

The 24-year-old says it is a struggle to believe that because she has no idea what her young Army husband is involved in. As an artilleryman, he could have been a part of Wednesday night's raid in Afghanistan. He could be playing a role in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"The hardest is not hearing from him. I don't know where he's at. I'm not able to be there for him. That's the hardest part," she said.

White said her father was in the Army. She said for the first time, she understands what her mother went through while her father was in the service.

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