Bring them home!!!
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Sun Sep 21 16:05:44 MDT 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sept. 19, 2003
Long stay overseas riles Minnesota National Guard families
Sharon Schmickle, Star Tribune
Families of a Minnesota National Guard company plan to meet with state
Guard officials Sunday for what they characterize as an "angry
confrontation" over extended tours of duty in Iraq and other issues.
"Several of us were outraged at learning our soldiers were expected to stay
one calendar year in [Iraq and Kuwait]," said Constance Potter of Crystal,
whose father and brother are stationed near Baghdad with Charlie Company of
the 142nd Engineer Combat Battalion.
"These are citizen soldiers with businesses and jobs being treated as
regular career soldiers and officers and forced to stay in Iraq," she said.
The families' anger has reverberated nationwide as hostilities in Iraq
continue with no firm return date for nearly 27,000 Guard and reserve
members stationed in the Persian Gulf region.
Families in Kansas say they have gathered nearly 8,000 signatures on "Bring
them home" petitions collected through a Web site created by wives of
soldiers in an Army Reserve transportation company. Their husbands' unit
was activated in January but didn't reach Iraq until May. Now it expects to
remain there until next May because the Army announced this month that
soldiers currently in Iraq and Kuwait would be there for as long as one year.
"There are single parents, business owners, employees and new fathers in
our unit," the Kansas group said in a statement posted on its Web site,
http://www.129bringthemhome.com. "The reserve system has never before been
asked to handle the families' needs for such an extended period of time nor
was it designed to do so."
The Kansas group also has scheduled a public meeting Sunday with at least
one Congress member and local officials.
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