The Texas National Guard in the Valley Reached Out to a Local Food Bank While Waiting For Their Payhecks
It’s unclear if any troops have used the charity resource, but it’s bad optics surrounding the already controversial decision to send the National Guard to the border.
I was a soldier who neither loved war nor hated it, but I couldn’t ignore the fierce lure of combat. Six years after I came home from Iraq, I had a successful career, a beautiful wife, and a bright future, but one day I woke up and realized I had to go back to war.
Most of the 42,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, one of the largest military installations in the world, are in Iraq or preparing to go. Meanwhile, the loved ones who are left behind wait—and hope they don’t hear an unexpected knock at the door.
February 1, 2004 | by Pamela Colloff | Feature