RALEIGH, N.C. — Soldiers serving extended duty in Iraq are getting extra pay, but a Raleigh mother whose son is serving in Afghanistan said he and his comrades are getting left out.
Capt. Brent Fogleman is with the 1-501st Airborne Task Force out of Alaska. He has been serving at Camp Khost in Afghanistan since October. His mother, Nancy Dunford, said she understands Iraq is the hot spot right now, but she said soldiers in Afghanistan should not be forgotten as she believes they have been.
"I think, because we aren't getting news, the people in this country don't realize they're in the same amount of danger as the soldiers in Iraq," she said. "It's just we hear about Iraq on a daily basis."
When Dunford heard soldiers serving more than a year in Iraq would get an extra $1,000 a month, she was happy for them, but at the same time, she wonders about the soldiers in Afghanistan.
"I think if it doesn't apply to Afghanistan, then we need to be in an uproar over that," she said.
Dunford's son has not been in Afghanistan for an extended period, but she believes he or other U.S. soldiers will be, especially with Osama bin Laden still on the loose.
"Initially when they left, it was six months. Actually, he wasn't even in the country yet when the families were notified that [it was] extended to nine [months]," she said.
While Dunford supports her son with constant letters and packages, she hopes the military will do more to support them with money and equipment.