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Military Families Worry About Loved Ones Deployed In Iraq

Posted April 16, 2004

— Military towns are used to the constant coming and going of troops, but as the war in Iraq drags on, people who rarely have to say hello and goodbye are getting a taste of what deployment is really like.

Natasha Session has her hands full, caring for three young children. Her husband, 1st Sgt. Tommy Session, has been in Iraq for the past year, but this weekend, his Rocky Mount Army reserve unit is coming home.

"I'm excited. I have butterflies in my stomach. I can hardly believe it's just a couple days away," she said.

Session's unit is already back on U.S. soil. His family is gratetful he got out before the recent rise in violence.

"It's scary. It's very scary," Session said.

For Monica Worsham, the worry has just begun. Worsham's son, Spc. Jonathan Denotter, recently left for Iraq.

"There is not a minute of the day that I don't think about him. Wonder if he's OK. What he's doing? Is he safe?" she said.

Debra Land's husband, Gregory, also left for Iraq. Their daughter just turned 2 years old.

"If we're sitting there watching a movie and we see a guy in camoflauge, she'll go, 'That's Daddy,' and that's really hard," she said.

Both Worsham and Land are part of the National Guard's 30th Brigade. The unit is expected to be gone a year. Worsham fears, with other recent extensions, it could be longer.

"To stay three or four months, it just makes it harder," Worsham said.

The homecoming celebration for the Rocky Mount reserve unit is scheduled for Sunday in front of the downtown train station.

Reporter/Photographer:

Mike Charbonneau

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