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01.10.07

Families React to Bush's Plan for Iraq

The announcement of 20,000 more troops needed in Iraq stirs mixed feelings for military families in the Amarillo area.
   Newschannel 10's Marissa Bagg sat down with a few families this evening to talk about the plan. 
     
   Everyone I spoke with tonight has a child that is overseas right now, or has already served a tour in Iraq.
   The last thing they want to hear is that their son or daughter has to go back to war - but they will support them no matter what.
"If it helps it get over sooner and we can get out of there sooner then we'd be behind it, the outcome is unknown and that's what is so scary," says Alice Brooks, whose son served one year in Iraq.
   Scary to know her son Joey could be one of the 20,000 called up to go to Iraq in a few weeks.
  

That's the same fear for Chris Corbet who's son just got back from Iraq.
   She questions the need for more troops.
"I don't think any mother wants their child to go to war no, I don't think it will effect anything in the long run, it won't change a thing," says Chris Corbet, whose son just returned from Iraq. 
   We sat down with the Ellis family during the President's speech.
   Their son Matthew is currently serving in Africa.
 

Mark Ellis supports the decision to send more troops to the middle east.
"Whenever you're in action you have to support the objective until its complete or else you're signing death warrants," says Ellis.
  

For mothers like Corbet, Bush's decision begs one question.
"I'm willing to send my son, are you willing to send your daughters, that's what I would ask him," says Corbet.

   During Bush's speech we received a call from one woman whose son is  in Iraq, and whose husband has served there in the past.
   She tells us she is completely against sending more troops.

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