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Families Patiently Wait for Troops Still in Iraq

Posted March 19, 2007

— One look at 12-year-old Sean and 8-year-old Aaron shows their happiness. Their father just returned home safely from Iraq.

“He said that this summer, since he was gone for almost two years, he'd have something real big for us,” Sean said.

“He went to Iraq, he was gone for a year, then he came back for six months, then he went back again,” said the boys’ mother, Pamela Brocato. “And so, I think it's pretty stressful on them because they don't see him a lot.”

Of the 3,200 U.S. troops killed since the war began, more than 150 were stationed at Fort Bragg. Worrying and waiting is the same scenario for a lot of military families.

Now four years after the war began, troops are still there and the war is still ongoing. But for those who've been there, they say it's not about how long the job takes, it how you get the job done.

“Four years, 50 years, it's a job to be done,” said Capt. Mike Sturdivant, who was in Iraq for a year.

When 1-year-old Grant was born, Sturdivant was overseas.

“It's going be tough, but it would be tougher if we did nothing,” he said.


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  • cjandminnierule Mar 20, 2007

    AMEN!!!! It WOULD be tougher if we pulled out! Support our troops and our country!

  • Myword Mar 19, 2007

    One thing folks in many places can do--especially in NC--is help the USO. It does a lot for the families dealing with these issues. You don't have to support the war to do it...they will appreciate it.

  • jprdar Mar 19, 2007

    Capt. Mike Sturdivant I salute you, agree 100%, these people need our help, and we cannot desert them, liberals need to understand, our history, our freedom, cost lives, freedom is not cheap (lives spent not money). Democracy is not an overnight action. When dealing with religious zealots it takes a tremendous amount of effort. We must not give up, perservere, that is our nature.