Soldier's Family Reacts to Iraq Report

By: Phil Pendleton
By: Phil Pendleton

Kentucky families are anxious for their loved ones to come home from Iraq.

But on Sept. 10, the general in charge of U.S. troops said the controversial war must go on.

Phil Pendleton spoke with a woman in Pulaski County, with two family members in harm's way.

Kim Combs says she has an opinion about the war in Iraq, but she's holding those thoughts back because she says her son and son-in-law are both living each day in harm's way.

"Whether we're there or not, as long as the boys are there we have to stand behind them," she said.

Today the general in charge said the war isn't over and noted progress being made. It's another day of news about the war, but today like many other days, it's coverage Kim says she has a hard time watching.

"Like there's been a couple of times we've heard things happen over there and you wait until you hear from them. It's gut wrenching," Kim added.

General Petraeus said the security is improving. There were 175 car bombs or suicide explosions in March, compared to 90 last month.

But Combs says while it may be safer, its' certainly not safe for her son and son-in-law.

"Until they come home, you're always nervous. You're always afraid of that phone call. You're always afraid of that knock at the door in the middle of the night," Combs admitted.

She says they live with danger day in and day out, but they've also told her about the good times.

"I know my son-in-law went to a school and they gave out notebooks and pencils and kids were tickled. That's the thing they see--the little boys and girls," Combs assured.

For now she says they just need support and something as simple as a card goes a long way.

Combs says both her son and son-in-law will be home in about two weeks.


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