On Guard Part 3

The American and state flags fly proudly at the Robinson household. There's also two yellow ribbons in honor of Debbie Robinson's two sons who are currently on active duty in the Kentucky National Guard.

Debbie says: "We always know there's a slight chance, but when America went to war and they raised that right hand to protect our great nation, so I knew that day would possibly come since we weren't ending this war."

When her children, 22-year-old Newton and 19-year-old Hunter left for Camp Shelby, Mississippi, the Robinson household went from a family of five to a family of three.

Debbie says: "You pass their rooms, they're empty, and you wondering what they're doing."

Right now Debbie's able to talk to her children on the phone each night, but she's trying to prepare herself for when they travel overseas.

She says: "I want to stay just closely glued to the news, but in the family group they've advised us to try to steer away from that, not to do that because it will upset you, especially when they're overseas."

Debbie says she knows her sons will be able to e-mail her often while they're in Iraq, but she's still getting ready for the long separation.

On August 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the family support group Debbie is in is having a yard sale.

The goal is to raise money to bring the group of soldiers her children are in back home for a visit before they're deployed to Iraq in September.

The yard sale will be at the National Guard Armory in Bowling Green.

As an added bonus to military families with small children, the Associated Press reports, the producers of Sesame Street have come out with a DVD that helps military moms and dads when talking to their children about lengthy deployments.

For more information you can log onto www.defenselink.mil/news/Apr2006/20060426_4940.html

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