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Military Wife On Mission To Help Soldiers

Posted January 9, 2004 3:55 a.m. EST

— It has been a tough start to the New Year for the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq, but a military wife is on a mission to help out the troops.

A fire swept through the desert base of the 82nd's Bravo Company, the same soldiers WRAL was embedded with in Iraq back in September.

"It completely destroyed everything in the tents, whatever they could grab is whatever they could get out with," said Debra Davis, whose husband was in one of the tents.

No one was hurt, but the fire left 90 soldiers with only the clothes on their backs.

Davis is working with other military wives to raise money to replace some of the soldiers' entertainment items.

"They need something to fill their time, so it's the books, the CDs, DVDs, their games -- things that seem trivial to us, but that's all they have," she said.