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On The Home Front: Grant Harris

Five years ago Grant Harris surprised his family by telling them he was joining the Marine Corps.

Grant was suppose to leave the marines in July but talk of war in Iraq changed that.

"They had this taken in boot camp," Jan Harris points to a picture of Grant after completing boot camp.

Jan says her son, Grant, always admired the Marines for their pride and what they stood for.

Grant couldn't wait to be a part of that.

Feelings Jan would soon understand.

"I had gone to North Carolina back in 1999 and went to the base over there. Course there was airplanes flying everywhere. It just really got my heart cause it said 'pardon our noise, it's the sound of freedom.'"

But as the talk of war with Iraq began Jan was relieved to hear her son would not be part of it.

But a phone call in last month changed that.

"He called in February. And said that he actually was going go. He wanted to. He asked to go over there. He said 'that's my job mom'. 'That's what I do'."

That kind of attitude is what Jan says every man and woman in the military has.

She says whether we agree with this war or not it is our duty to support them.

"Let me just say I would like nothing more than for my son it come home from over there. I don't want him to do it but it has to be done."

"This was last March. His father and I got remarried and he came home," Jan points to another picture.

Jan says despite her fears for her son's safety she has faith God will take care of him.

"I just take it one day at a time and trust the Lord that he's watching over all of those young men and women over there."

Jan received very good news just after we taped this story.

Se found out her son, Grant, was headed back to the states.

But she says there's a chance he'll have to return overseas within a few weeks.

Amy Tatum, reporting.

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