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Military Parents Flocking To Fayetteville

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FAYETTEVILLE — Fort Bragg soldiers continue to train and remain focused as they wait for word on their next move. For their out-of-state families, the uncertainty can be especially difficult.

For that reason, many military parents from all over the country are making unexpected trips to Fayetteville.

Parents like Ron and Nicki Wood want to spend time with their children who are stationed at Fort Bragg.

Not knowing when or if he would deploy, the Woods drove 13 hours to spend some time with the youngest of their three sons.

Even though soldiers do not have a lot of spare time these days, the Woods say they wanted to make the trip anyway.

"You kind of have a feeling that something is going to happen, it has to happen. We don't know day to day where its going to go, so we wanted to be here as soon as we could," said Ron Wood.

With bombs dropping daily in Afghanistan, Nicki Wood said that it is impossible not to worry. She thought seeing her son would make things easier. But, she said, "It doesn't, it makes it harder."

The Woods' 20-year-old son is a third generation paratrooper who has only been in the Army for 15 months. He says that it is important to have the support of his family.


Army's Airborne and Special Operations Museum

is just one place around Fayetteville where a lot of soldiers and their families are visiting.

The manager of the museum's gift shop says sales have never been better. Many parents are taking Army mementos home with them to remind them of the soldiers they love that they must leave behind.


Melissa Buscher, Reporter
Michael Joyner, Photographer
Michelle Singer, Web Editor

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