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3/02/03 - East Texas

Military Leave Reunites Family Briefly

For a little while, everything is back to normal for the Beasleys.

Twenty-three year-old Tim is home from the Air force, and twenty-one year-old Chris is back from Marine Corps Boot Camp. Seeing the family and their childhood home and lake remind the brothers what's important.

"There was a time, I couldn't see the forest for the trees," Tim says. "I called home to my dad, and he said, 'you've got to remember...you're working for us.'"

"This really sticks with you in a way."

Tim's been in the Air Force for two years. A few months ago, he got to see his little brother sign up for the Marine Corps.

"It's a complex feeling," Tim admits. "On one hand, you're very proud he's gone through a lot to get to where he is. At the same time, you recognize where he may be in the area you see on the news where there may be a lot of activity."

For the brothers, duty comes first regardless of the dangers.

"Frankly, it really ticked me off when September 11th happened," new Marine Chris says. "I don't know how to say it politely, but that really was a factor in me wanting to go in."

For Chris, right out of boot camp, he's still awed to be in the bootsteps of the marines who walked before him.

"There are a lot of people before me who've paid the ultimate sacrifice," he says. "I just hope I can live up to their reputation."

It's a nice reunion, but within two weeks both brothers will leave. Chris will return to California and Tim to New Jersey. This rare month at home with their family helps them to focus on their jobs.

"There's no way you could survive doing this if you didn't have another purpose for it," Tim says. "You see the people you love and you realize what would happen if you weren't there."

So for a little while, everything is back to normal for the Beasleys.

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.

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