Reactions to troop increase in Afghanistan

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - For three generations, Gines family members have served their country.  Luvern Gines has seen her husband, brother, three of her sons and three of her grandsons sent overseas.

After hearing President Barack Obama's plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Gines knows where she stands on the president's decision.

"I support the decision that he's making right now," Gines said. "I'm glad he took time out to think about it all, consult with all the military heads and also his advisors to come to the conclusion that he has made."

Gines knows first hand the human cost of such decisions. Two of her grandsons, John Gines, Jr. and Rion Gines, are deployed in Iraq. Another grandson, Dante, just returned from a tour in Afghanistan. He's still overseas in Germany.

"He was wounded, and he also has a Purple Heart. He is so proud of that Purple Heart that I had no other choice but to love what he's doing."

Gines' son, Felix, is a Mississippi Air National Guardsman. And his son, Rion, is serving in Iraq.

"Our family is pretty much a patriotic family," Gines said. "We believe in our country, and we don't take anything for granted."

Felix Gines had this to say to his fellow comrades.

"Keep your chin up, obey your orders and your community will have you in its prayers," Felix Gines said.

No matter where you stand on the war, Luvern Gines hopes there are few things everyone can agree upon when it comes to the decision.

"Just support the troops, hope for the best and pray a lot."

President Obama also laid out an 18 month timeline, saying troops would begin to come home by July of 2011.

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