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Military Families Try To Deal With News Of Troops In Iraq

Posted April 7, 2004

— Most people cannot begin to imagine what the war is like for military families. Every time they open the paper or turn on the television, there are often reports of shootings or suicide bombers, but they said they try to deal with it.

Crystal Gillespie's husband is deployed in January. Recently, one of his friends was ambushed and killed. She said she worries about her husband's safety and thinks about their 2-year-old daughter.

"It could have been anybody's family. To know that, one day, what if I were the one to get the call, that's what hurts," she said.

Gillespie also said her daughter showed some signs of anger after she realize her father was not coming home soon. Other parents can relate to Gillespie's dilemma.

"I noticed my son missed him a lot, but he also knows that his dad is doing the job that he has got to do," said Kristen Miller, whose husband is also deployed.

As the war continues, there is little the U.S. Army can say to ease the longing, but they said even though words of praise help.

"We will prevail in the global war on terror because of our soldiers. The American soldier provides us the winning edge," said Gen. Doug Brown, head of U.S. Special Operations.

Right now, more than 300,000 men and women in uniform are deployed throughout the world. Approximately 14,000 of them are from Fort Bragg.

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