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Iraq: Oregon Military Mom Speaks Out

When my daughter enlisted in the National Guard, I was proud of her for having the discipline to make it through basic training. But with the wisdom of one who has seen the effects of the Vietnam War, I said: "Baby, are you sure you should do this?" She said:" Mom, don't worry, I want to fight fires and build roads for Oregon, and there is never going to be another war."

When she called me after her unit went from Kuwait to Mosul in a convoy and told me she had gone through roads littered with depleted uranium dust and Iraqi tanks full of dead bodies, I began to feel the dread a parent feels when his or her child is facing mortal danger.

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