Thursday, January 11, 2007
Hats off to the troops, and their families
Speaking with the families of soldiers overseas, the effects of war and the depth of our armed forces' commitments really hit home. The stories are often inspiring and sometimes bittersweet, like that of Rebecca Abujebarah, who proudly sent in photos of her two sons in the service.

Pvt. Adam Holroyd, 20, is nearly through with his yearlong tour in Afghanistan, and Staff Sgt. Jerad Holroyd, 24, likely will be on his way to Iraq in a few months. Abujebarah writes of her two boys, "I just wanted to say how much we love them and are so proud!" Looking in from the outside, one can wonder what it must feel like to have one son coming back and another preparing for possible deployment. The I-Report submissions we're getting really illustrate the reality of soldiers venturing out for several months at a time, often a full year, in the hopes of making life better back home. Especially for those with younger children, the war is bringing dramatic changes to many families.

To find out more about the Holroyd boys and other soldiers, take a look at our Salute the troops photo gallery.
It's stories like this that make you sit back and think.
We spend so much time questioning the whys of this war that I think we fail to realiz that these young people are putting their lives on the line every day for what they believe in, and it must be disconcerting for the brave parents to constantly hear nothing but negative talk.
I can't imagine how those boys mother must feel having one son just back from Iraq and the other one about to leave. She doesn't even have time to catch her breath. God Bless all the troops & their families and bring them home safe, the sooner the better.
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