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Military Family Reacts To Troop Shift

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

President Bush orders troops home from Iraq by early next year. 8,000 Marines and Army Soldiers are expected back in the U.S. by February. That's around the same time more American forces will move into Afghanistan.

The news didn't bring much relief to one Perry County family with loved ones overseas. They say it's time to get the job done in both war zones and get our men and women in the military home.

As she watches her sons first scrimmage at this football field in Hazard, Rebecca Perry worries about her soldier, Sergeant David Perry, on the battlefields of Afghanistan.

"It's rough on him, but it's rough on us too because the kids are wondering why can't he be there with them. And you just got to tell them he's got a job he's got to do," said Rebecca Perry.

Tuesday's words from Washington didn't provide the Perry family with much comfort.

"I don't know about everybody else but, I just think this is all nonsense. I mean I think they should have got in there and done their job and just got back out," added Rebecca Perry.

"Him being over there, going through what they're going through, they just need to do what they need to do and bring them boys home," said Sgt. Perry's father, Darrell Perry.

Sgt. Perry spent more than a year in Iraq, and so far six months in Afghanistan. His father says his son has seen the worst.

"I just know no human being ought to have to go through what some of them has been through."

Back here at home, Rebecca Perry says other National Guard wives lean on each other while their husbands fight overseas.

"It's a lot of help, especially when you're dealing with two kids on your own and having to deal with everything else that goes on with it."

And it's who's waiting at home that keeps Sgt. Perry going everyday.

"He's staying strong because we all believe in him. He's our hero and he knows we need him to come home to us," added Darrell Perry.

The Perry family hopes March is when their hero gets to come home for good.

President Bush said Tuesday he agreed with military advisors, feeling more security could be gained by shifting troops to Afghanistan. An additional 5,000 are expected there by January.


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