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04/30/03

Combat Ends, But Families Still Worry

While Ronnie Compton typed a letter, her mind wandered to thoughts of her husband, and the dilemma they face. The couple just found out that Corporal Compton can leave his 1108th AVCRAD unit in Kuwait, and get home in time for his daughter's high school graduation.

During the Tuesday night phone conversation, Mrs. Compton asked Harold how long he would be home. He said a week to 10 days. And then he had to go back. "And I thought about it and I said I can't do that again,' Mrs. Compton told us. "As bad as I want him to come home, I want him to come home to stay."

In between thoughts, and letters for her boss, Mrs. Compton admitted that she didn't adjust as well as she expected to her husband's deployment. "There are little things that you don't realize you're going to miss," she said.

She was relieved to hear about the end of the combat phase of the war, because the family misses Dad. But, she said, "As a mom with a husband 7,000 miles away, it still doesn't mean a whole lot to me."

Rachel Jones kind of felt the same way. "That doesn't mean my husband gets to come home now," the Biloxi eye care specialist said. "My life is still going to go on the same, without him here, because he's still there."

Jones also has a husband with the 1108th in Kuwait, repairing blackhawk helicopters. "He needed to be there. He had a job to do. And I'm proud of him," Jones said of her husband Tom. "And I'm proud of all of our troops for doing that. Even though it was a sacrifice for our family, he needed to be there."

Back at the law office, Mrs. Compton reminded people that despite the president's planned declaration, the worrying isn't over. "As long as they're there, I think there is always some danger," she said. "And until they're home, I think we have to keep remembering them."

by Brad Kessie

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