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04/09/04 - Tyler

East Texas Sergeant Featured In Military Video

Debra Jones talks fondly about her son. The medals he won in high school still hang proudly inside her Tyler living room. Those were the days before the boy they call Torell became Tommy Jones, a sergeant with the US army.

Debra says, "Actually I thought this might be a good thing. I guess I was looking at it like he was looking at it, it's a good opportunity to make something of yourself. It's just an overwhelming joy to see this 18 year old boy going from school to all of a sudden becoming a man."

Her son has been in the army since graduating high school. He's been in Iraq since January.

Debra knows he's just doing his job, "As a parent you worry about your child or your children but as a parent I guess you just have to let things flow."

Debra hasn't seen her son in more than a year. That's why a story, shot by the US military highlighting Tommy, brings a smile to her face, "I feel good about it as long as he's feeling good and talking positive. I'm upbeat about it. I get to see my child being a part of that action and trying to make a difference in other peoples lives."

It's a rare glimpse into her son's life that makes her proud.

Chris Gibson, reporting.
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