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War weariness hits U.S. military town

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 02:07

Some military families outside Fort Bragg, one of largest military installations in the U.S., are wary of a potential return to ''boots on the ground'' in the Middle East. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The North Carolina town of Fayetteville sits just outside Fort Bragg, one of the largest military installations in the U.S. So, many of the town's 200,000 residents are 'military proud'. But with U.S. airstrikes underway in Iraq -- and now in Syria, too -- there's a weariness in town that the country is walking into another open-ended conflict in the Middle East. Jillian McCarthy's husband has been deployed overseas six times. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JILLIAN MCCARTHY, WIFE OF SOLDIER, SAYING: "If you can go and actually fix the situation and it be solved, okay. But if you know it's only going to be for, you know, limited and we knock them down a little bit, they come back, we knock them down, they come back. . . you know? I don't know if it's winnable." Jim Lynche's company trains bomb-sniffing dogs for the military. The Special Operations veteran says if there IS another U.S. engagement overseas, it won't be the DOGS who are unprepared. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JIM LYNCH, ARMY SPECIAL OPS VETERAN, SAYING: "Why didn't we do it right the first time? We're taught as military soldiers 'get it right the first time', but our government cannot get it right the first time. They put us in, pull us out, put us in, pull it out. Get it right. Let's neutralize the threat, take care of business and not have to worry about it again." At E.E. Smith High School, one in six students has a parent in active duty. After 13 years of war, it's the children who may bear the heaviest burden. After all, they didn't volunteer for this assignment. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VICTORIA WILSON, DAUGHTER OF SOLDIER, SAYING: "It's a little scary 'cause at this point in my life I wouldn't want my dad going back there, especially 'cause, I mean, he's getting older. He's not as young as he used to be when he went to war. Terrorism is a scary thing and the last thing you want to think about is your dad in a combat zone and having the possibility of him being injured or possibly even dying." In many ways, this proud town in the North Carolina flatlands isn't so very different from the rest of America. Polls show the public as a whole is leery of returning to a messy region of the world. A place that's already claimed too much of the country's blood and its treasure.

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War weariness hits U.S. military town

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 02:07