Mar 25, 2004 — Families from across the North Country have already begun hearing from their loved ones in Iraq. More than 700 members of New York's National Guard have begun a year-long deployment there. They're a part of the United States' largest troop rotation since World War 2, involving more than 200,000 soldiers. Periodically we'll be checking in with soldiers and families. David Sommerstein spoke Tuesday with Molly Ames of Watertown about her son, specialist Mike Ames. She says his unit flew to Kuwait three weeks ago and then convoyed into Iraq.
The Ogdensburg Family Readiness Group is seeking donations for care packages for soldiers. You can contact Molly Ames at 315-323-0873, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sheri Smith at 315-347-2611, email@example.com.