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More People Enlisting In Military After Terrorist Attacks

The possibility of war hovering over our heads has Americans marching to the sound of patriotism. Many men and women are calling recruiters at the U.S. Army National Guard asking what they can do to serve.

Lt. Col. Henry Bernreuter is the Recruiting and Retention Manager for the Guard.

"The flag has been damaged, and they feel the need to be involved. I don't think any person is wanting to be sitting on the sidelines right now," Lt. Col. Bernreuter said.

The lieutenant colonel is receiving record numbers of recruitments. By the end of the month, Bernreuter expects to have nearly 190 enlistments. Ordinarily the number is closer to 140 per month.

Sgt. Tim Gordy is also a recruiter and has experienced the same surge of patriots.

"Since what happened last week, I've had a lot of phone calls coming to me, prior service especially wanting to know what they could do to come back in," Gordy said.

One of those phone calls came from Dannon Durr. Durr said as soon as he finished his interview with us, he was signing up to re-enlist.

"I can do something, even though it's minute, and the people in New York will never see it, but I know that, my kids and my family know that I joined back up and I am doing something to serve my country," Durr said.

Re-Enlisting wasn't an easy decision for Durr. He has a wife and three children, and if America goes to war, he could go, too.

"If that's what it takes to do my part of being an American, that's what I'll do," Durr said proudly.

If you'd like more information about the National Guard, call 1-800-GO-GUARD.

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