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NY National Guard, pt. 2: The Families Left Behind

Almost 700 National Guardsmen from around New York are at Ft. Drum, training for a 12 month assignment in Iraq. In part one of our series, we heard about their physical training, and the emotional and mental preparations as well. Their families are also making a transition. They're losing a husband, a son, a father, a brother, a boyfriend for a year a half. They're learning to pick up the slack at home and cope with the daily news of attacks and violence where their loved ones are headed.
As National Guard families, most never expected to be in this situation. David Sommerstein finds many are simply opposed to the deployment.  Go to full article

Commentary: It's Not Rational

Feelings about the New York National Guard's activation for Iraq are running high. But they're often conflicting: fear and anger, but also pride and patriotism. Commentator Molly Ames finds it hard to sort out. Her son, Mike, is 21. He joined the National Guard between his junior and senior years in high school. Since September 2001, he's guarded a nuclear power plant and New York City's subways. This is his third deployment - and the most challenging for everyone involved.  Go to full article

National Guard Deployment Call-in

Martha Foley and David Sommerstein put the New York National Guard deployment in the context of history and tradition. And they take listener calls.  Go to full article
Civil disturbance training in the rain
Civil disturbance training in the rain

New York's National Guard, pt. 1: Training For Iraq

More than 650 members of New York's National Guard are training at Fort Drum Army base near Watertown. They're preparing to become full-time soldiers for a year in Iraq. It's the first time the New York National Guard has been activated for wartime service since World War II. Many of the Guardsmen are from North Country towns, from Massena and Ogdensburg to Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. In the first of a two-part series on the deployment, David Sommerstein reports on making the physical and mental transition required to move from the North Country to an unstable combat zone.  Go to full article

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