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More troops to deploy, East Texans weigh in

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

EAST TEXAS, TX (KLTV) - It is a huge decision President Barack Obama has been weighing now for three months, and, Tuesday night, he will announce his war strategy to the American public. That announcement includes sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan on an accelerated timetable, vowing a withdrawal will start in July of 2011. The first Marines will be there as early as Christmas and all forces in place by the summer.

Some East Texas troops and their families are directly affected by the decision.

Army Sergeant Nick Roberts of Big Sandy returns to Iraq in just over a week. It is a service he is committed to fulfilling.

"It's my duty...as a soldier to support what the President decides," said Roberts. "Whether he sends troops or not. It's my duty as a soldier to carry out those orders, whatever they may be."

Marine Platoon Sergeant John Moss has completed three tours in Iraq and is likely headed to Afghanistan this summer. That is the last place his mother Robin Moss wants her son to go.

"I would like to see Obama do what he promised and get the troops out," said Moss.

Like many other Americans, Moss has grown war weary.

"I do support them," said Moss. "I'm very proud of them. There's no parent more proud of their child serving than I am. I just...he's gone several times and I'm ready for that to be done."

Specialist Aaron Blair is also home from serving two tours in Afghanistan. He says he supports the President's decision and feels they're making a difference, which is something Sergeant Roberts is also seeing in Iraq.

"From what I've seen from my experience over there, things have gotten a lot better," he said. "The Iraqis seem to be taking a lot responsibility for their security and their country and that's a good thing."

There are some critics in Congress. Some liberal Democrats are threatening to block funding for the troop increase and some Republicans say setting a withdrawal timetable only shows weakness. But our service men and women are ready to fight, defend, and support our president. 

The president's address is scheduled to start at 7pm Tuesday night, central time, on KLTV.

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