August 19th, 2010
10:39 AM ET

Soldier heads to third deployment in Afghanistan

The last combat troops may be pulling out of Iraq, but more soldiers are heading to the other war in Afghanistan.     

The clock is ticking to stabilize Afghanistan so U.S. troops can meet the president's goal of withdrawing next July.         

The success of that mission belongs to units like the one U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Randy Shorter is part of.  They are combat infantry, part of the final surge deploying to the region.         

As part of my ongoing series “A Soldiers Story,” we'll be following Shorter and his unit as they head into arguably one of the most dangerous parts of the country: Paktika province in southeast Afghanistan, heavy with insurgent attacks.         

The troops’ mission: rebuild infrastructure, help teach the Afghan people how to police themselves and fight insurgents.

Shorter and his unit were last deployed there in 2008. That's when Shorter's skills were put to the test when a vehicle in his caravan hit a roadside bomb and insurgents opened fire. Shorter rescued the wounded, while returning fire. He received the Silver Star for bravery during that mission.

Now Shorter and his unit are headed back to pick up where they left off.           

This is the third combat tour of duty for Shorter, a 14-year veteran of the Army. He'll be away from his wife Sheryll and daughters Melanie and Ariana for one year. Like many, he’ll miss his family while he’s gone.

A Filipino-American, Shorter came to the United States with his family when he was 5, one of three kids who grew up in Long Beach, California. He married his high school sweetheart soon after graduation, around the same time he joined the Army.      

His dedication to family and country insipired him to join the Army, he says.           

Over the next several weeks, we’ll follow Shorter from the U.S. to Afghanistan and explore what it’s like for soldiers like him: men and women who have deployed multiple times to combat zones. We’ll also chronicle his family's life back at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky as they deal with the reality of daily life without the man they love.

 Catch “A Soldier’s Story” series on “American Morning” this September.

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  1. Alicia

    I think what bothers me about this story is that you people never show all faces of the sodliers. My husband is a nobody, just a plain old US Army SGT. He is on his 4th tour in the war, but his 14th deployement in only 11 years of military life. We were US NAVY for 8 years before they had no "use" for him and so we switched branches to the US Army and have not skipped a beat. This war and this economy has hurt our family in every possible way. We are hurt for $ we have a child who has special needs and the army really doesn't help us but so much! But here you go showing this guy's story...oh well.. i guess not everyone will be important to the almighty CNN!

    September 22, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    He may have multiple reasons for going back, however the first maybe his love for his country and the American Way....secondly maybe his opportunity for advancement in the Corp...as I have known others who have increased there opportunities for advancement due to there years over seas and actived duty....however it's not my choice as an individual to condone his choices, I choose to salute him and thank this indivdual for his personal sacrifices let alone his families. Have agreat day folks!

    August 25, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Keith, SPC. United States Army.

    Its sad to say that this is common for someone to be deployed 3 times but its so true. Hes not the only one. They have an article on the front page of CNN as we speak of Troops committing suicide. Getting deployed 3 times for over a year every time doesnt help the suicide rate. Neither does the familiy situation at home knowing you wont see your wife or kids for another year. I've been deployed and to be honest sometimes the worst stress is thinking about your wife/girlfriend leaving you. Things like that get over shadowed. As for SFC Shorter, I wish you the best of luck in Afghanistan. Stay safe, and i pray that you come home to see your family after all is said and done. Kick some ass for all of us. -SPC K.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stryfe

    God bless him, and I hope he stays safe, but there are those of us who have deployed 4, 5, 6 times or more, Interview the one who is going on his or her 5th or 6th, and their spouse, if their marriage survived multiple deployments. Just a thought.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Girlfriend

    So he goes for the third time....AND??? There are many families like us who call Afghanistan Daddy's second home (tenth deployment in progress, 4 of them in Afghanistan). Maybe you guys kinda didn't get the message but this article describes common occurence in todays military. Welcome to the real world CNN.
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    August 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PFC Rory Sparklin

    i am an US Army Engineer the infantry do not rebuild infrastructure they are only for fire superiority the engineers are the ones who rebuild infrastructure we build everything from repaving roads to building the bases the infantry reside on so who cares they only make shows about infantry but the engineers are the ones doing all the work in rebuilding this country.

    August 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carlos

    It's really sad that we show this video knowing how hipocritical our intentions are.
    If you people think that we're there for a noble cause, then you're all blinder than a blind man looking for a black cat in a dark room that's not even there! Please stop the ignorance, we're there for OIL, that's it. Please don't let your children take part in our version of genocide. We never cared for these people in the past, nor we care now. Did we forget how we gave the talibna millions & million$$$$ of money in the 80's. and now we call them the most extremist group that ever lived???? please.

    August 24, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nycguy

    How blind do you have to be ?????? Can you not see the war is being fought for only political and finanicial gain.. no livess on our soil are in jeopardy.. that make u believe that so you can go out there and surrender your life.. sacrifice your body, family and everything you have ever known so the very few on top can profit off of u ..

    ... it is sad so many american lives and MILLIONS of afghani/Iraqi lives are being lost in a completly useless war... when is this country going to wake up..

    August 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Natch

    thanks to Sgt Shorter and his comrades, for doing what needs to be done, and doing it with honor and bravery. Remember, too, that some military folks have done 5, 6, or more deployments, and continue to volunteer (sometimes, back to back), because the need is there.

    God bless all our military folks, and keep them safe.

    August 24, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Will you quit with your right-wing mumbo-jumbo,Natch??? It gets disgusting after a while.

      August 24, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
      • American Soldier

        You can say that again,Bledsoe!!!

        August 24, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    I get quite nauseated every time some ignoramus vomits his Islamophobia on this webbsite. That only proves just how many ignorant people we have living in this country.

    August 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      You are the only Stupid Person on here because you use others name to make Them look bad!!! Why don't You use Your real name and let People see Who the fool really is???

      August 24, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Don't feel bad Larry,this bozo does this to me all the time.

        August 24, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jimmy

    God bless this soldier but he is no where near the most deployed soldiers. I just returned from my 62nd month in either Iraq or Afghanistan and there are 1000s of soldiers with more time in combat than myself. People in the states don't realize the sacrifice...

    August 23, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      That sacrifice is for the MIC(military-industrial-complex) and not for the rest of us,Jimmy.Wise up,will you?

      August 23, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        How dare you use My name with the crap You write on here!!! Anyone with a Blane can tell the difference how You write and How I write... So Please don't do that again!!!

        August 24, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. x soldier

    Way to go Aubrey. From a Vietnam veteran lets support all that is involved in Afgan and let the other cry babies keep on crying. Don't really agree with our involvement there but by god i am behind them 100%.

    August 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Aubrey

    okay, you dont have to agree with war by any means. but at the VERY least be thankful and supportive of our troops. without them fighting prior wars, we'd all be speaking another language. not to mention, our troops are the reason you can all sit at your computers or attend anti war protests and rant about how "pointless and obnoxious" this war in Iraq and Afganistan are. if you dont stand behind our troops, FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AussieAmerican

    My brother went over to Afghanistan in Aussie Army, Taliban aren't to be trusted. If history serves me right, the North Vietnamese forces behaved the same way, yet the South were just as bad. We hope that this war will end with the Taliban's demise and a proper democratic system maintained there.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ghost

    My husband just left today for Afghanistan. He hit his 10 year mark in May of this year. This is deployment number 7. He is USAF/active duty. It sucks. My life is empty without him and these deployments get harder and harder. We've only been married 23 months and together 10 months due to his career field.

    I am proud, but I think we really need to draw out of the Middle East as fast as we can.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      You got that right,Ghost! That we really need to do.

      August 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        But not out of Afghanistan that would be downright stupid.

        August 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Lawrence

    I'd like to let all of you who are deploying to Afghanistan know that I deeply respect what you are doing over there. I don't like war, but what you're doing there is terrific and the large majority of Afghans are very happy to have you there. I have the deepest respect not only for the fighting that you are doing in zones long-held by the brutal, inhuman, immoral extremists, but also for the incredible job that you guys are doing in training and building up the Afghan Security Forces. The highest honor in being a soldier is protecting the weak and those unable to defend themselves – the progress you have been making in protecting us all and helping the Afghans to protect themselves is extremely impressive.

    This deep respect comes from someone who is a Democrat and a liberal and is fully convinced that you are fighting for a just cause.

    August 23, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  17. future soldier

    by the way valencia u sound like a fckin pog shut your mouth you're embaressing my countries army. the same goes to all of u pessimistic panzies who criticize this war. go ahead keep your average life in your average house with your average kids and your lacksidasical work ethic. you will never know what it means to sacrifice and fight for what you believe in. you will never know pain. you will never know life. go ahead..

    August 23, 2010 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      You have the nerve to say anything about me!!! Until you have done 6 years in the Arm service you don't have a right to talk about me!!! What You People have today doesn't even compare to those that Fought in Vietnam... At least when You come back they don't call You baby Killer like they did with those of that fought in Vietnam!!! I don't think even those today could do more than one tour of a year there....

      August 24, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  18. Monty

    this guy needs to stop wining and deploy i ran into a guy here in afghanistan the other day that this is his 4th deployment over here.

    August 23, 2010 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  19. Soldier over here

    Quit Whining, Most of the Soldiers over here have done 3 or more rotations and some of us have spent 4 or more years away from family over the past 10 years. There are Soldiers over here that have done 7 deployments.

    August 23, 2010 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  20. USMCWIFE

    My husband leaves thursday, this will be deployment # 7 in 9 years....I'd take 3 deployments any day....

    August 23, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • AirborneSFC

      7 deployments in 9 yrs? Are they all 12 months or more? I am thankful for my Marinie Brothers over here but let's get this straight, his 6 month tour does not equal to a 12 month deployment for other personel. If that wasn't enough try a 15 month deployment. I understand you are a proud marine wife and I am sure your husband thanks you for that, but don't make it sound like he has done more than any other. Maybe you should have a talk with my ARMYWIFE and the mess she has to put up with being stationed in a place that I did not volunteer for in Europe. Have your honey enjoy his 6 month rotation and I will keep the gym open and a few pop tarts on the side for when he gets here. Happy with three? Try my wife's three and you might change your mind ma'am.

      August 23, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Papa Kilo 15er

        AB my deployments were 15 mos each in the Raq starting in 04, and those were during the 'hell years'. Deployments no matter how long are tough on the family, especially young families. However, they're much tougher when you're in combat almost on a daily basis. Charlie Mike.....

        August 23, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Papa Kilo 15er

      You stay strong for him lady. You're what keep US ALL going. OOH RAH!!!!!!

      August 23, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  21. food4thought

    War is good! It was directly responsible for the end of slavery in the USofA, that bit of ethnic cleansing attempted by hitler, and the fall of communist Russia (USSR if one so prefers).
    Some people are willing to shoulder the burden of trying to improve the world in spite of the misguided attempts of carreer politicians and the media.
    For the idiot(s) that can't do the math, it adds up like this: year one deployed, two years later deploy again for a year, two years later deploy again for a year.

    August 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • atal

      The words "free in obedience to Allah" are an oxymoron. You however are just a simple moron.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      It was just 1 year in the Vietnam War!!! But we didn't have as many Cowards as We have today... Our Generation were proud to be in the Service to defend the rights of Our Country!!! Today we are the Old guard fighting for the Future of Those putting Their Lives out to defend us today... we are just as proud to do what We are doing today as we were being in during the Vietnam war!!! But Those of Us that really Love Our Country are willing to Fight for those People in Our Country... That is why I hate These Cowards and Racist that are bad Mouthing everything We fought for!!!

      August 24, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  22. pierce

    1. 30 days after we evacuate Afghanistant, the Taliban will be back in control.
    2. 90 billion poured down the toilet in Afghanistan won't teach us a lesson.
    3. For anyone who goes back to that war, putting your life and the hearts of your family and friends in danger is stupid.
    4. You must like war. There is no other explanation. and dont give me this stuff about democracy. Even we don't practice democracy. The greeks practiced democracy but they passed on to history long ago.
    5. Be sare out there. You are already fighting dedicated insurtents and the stupidity of yourself and your country., so be careful ya big lug.

    August 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      1. Not if Nato and ISAF finishes the job with the incredible training mission success that they are currently having.
      2. It will not have been poured down the drain if ISAF troops to finish both the combat and training mission.
      3. It is actually brave and deserves alot of respect.
      4.Afghanistan actually is more democratic than ancient Greece. Women vote in Afghanistan, in ancient Greece they didn't...
      5. They are bravely fighting despite the stupidity of those who post ignorant comments on blogs without having a grasp on history and international geopolitics.

      August 23, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      It is Cowards like You that has no right to bad Mouth those of Us that has spent time in the Military in Arms way!!! It just shows How Stupid You Really are...

      August 24, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  23. LifeLongService

    First, I wish to applaud CNN for this story and look forward to the remainder of the series. I have read the previously posted comments and am confused at times to what planet these people live on.
    Secondly, those that have the freedom to express themselves need to look at the countries where fighting and the potential for fight exists. Would any of us like to try compete censorship and torture for even thinking against our society?
    This brave individual has no personal stake in the decisions made. He is asked and answers the call regardless of the danger. How many of you would risk your life for less than 100K a year and endure heat factors higher than any you could have possibly endured at home?
    This AMERICAN has left his family for an extended period of time and gets the pleasure daily of wondering if his next breath may be his last. The majority of the people that posted prior can't seem to understand that this story provides a snapshot- not all encompassing look into the life of a SOLDIER.
    Before posting any further negative comments, reflect on those experiencing this life changing experience, the hellish conditions they work in, the families they leave behind, the friends and comrades they sacrifice.
    Thank fate that you are either too old, too comfortable,not at all capable of the mental toughness required, and whatever power you worship that you don't have to go past your living room to eek out an existence.
    Temperatures of 110 degrees around a pool in is one thing. Carrying 30 extra pounds, fully clothed with a portable oven affixed to your head, walking 20 plus miles a day in rugged terrain deserves much more than 100K and at least the respect of those whom choose,can't, or will not go.
    Return safely SFC Shorter- Spirit high and head down. I thank you, your comrades in arms and your family for your dedication to duty, honor and country. Thank you Mr.Carroll for the respect you pay to these men and women in uniform. You too have earned this Veteran's respect.

    August 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      All this right-wing bla-bla-bla does get old.You guys never quit!!!

      August 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        How true that is,George! You just nailed it!!!

        August 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Still at it i see. How many names are you using to post comments? I counted 19 but i may have missed one.

        August 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • future soldier

      thank you for your words...you are a spark of light in a country full of materialistically misguided americans who lac so much perspective its sickening. i hope you have the patience to keep spreading truth and keep dealing with these ungrateful fcks cus i know i dont

      August 23, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Hey you future soldier,will you kindly cut the Tea Party lingo? I find it disgusting!

        August 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Will you kindly stop using my name to spout your nonsense. That really is disgusting.

        August 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Joe

    The military personnel who are responsible for sending our soldiers on multiple tours of duty should be put on trial for this sad activity and if it involves the trials of hundreds of high ranking military personnel, so be it!

    August 22, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Extremely well put,Joe.

      August 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Still talking to yourself are you Danien-2 you are a lunatic.

        August 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Quit blogging under my name.At least Danien isn't trying to make a sick joke out of this obnoxious war like you are! I suppose you'll be blogging under his name sooner or later.

        August 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Not me, but i will be looking out for you Daniel-2.

        August 24, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      That is because there are to many Cowards to go fight in Their place!!! That is why I wish they force a draft... In Israel everyone has to spend a year in the Service!!!

      August 24, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  25. Future Army Wife

    When Obama said that he plans to have all us troops out of Iraq by the end of next year, does that include the ones in Afghanistan and Kuwait and any other neighboring countries, or just Iraq? My fiance will be getting deployed to a neighboring country next spring and I want to know if he'll be home in less than a years time...

    August 22, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      DA Service: I never heard of Civilians in Afghanistan but have heard of them In Iraq!!! They did more harm than They did good there... I feel only Reporters should be Civilians and the rest be Military!!! Because then We have control of what They are doing there...

      August 24, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      There will be some in Iraq for another year but just to Advise and Train!!! Hopefully next year Our fighting Forces will be out of Afghanistan and will be out by the end of Next year... But it is in Gods hands what will happen with either of their tours!!!

      August 24, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Girlfriend

      Hon, Iraq is where they have pulled all combat troops. But Iraq and Afghanistan are two separate war zones. If you will be married to a soldier then I guess it would be best if you read up on what it entails to be a Military Spouse. There is quite a few good books out there which will prepare you somewhat to deal with whats coming. I would not change a thing even though 10 deployments have taken their toll. Nevertheless we are a strong and sound family. Learning by doing I quit my job to concentrate on being 'the support squadron' for my husband and full time mother to our children. Being a military spouse takes as much service and dedication as that of the military member. Godspeed and Good Luck to you and many thanks to your fiance for what he's doing.

      August 25, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  26. DA Civ

    Since January 2005 I've deployed to SWA 3 times myself, as an Army civilian just doing my job and what's required of me. We live the same, eat the same, and in most cases work the same as the troops we're there to support. There are 10's of thousands of us throughout the theater, yet the news articles seldom mention that. Hundreds have died, but their names aren't mentioned and their stories aren't told. When is CNN going to start telling the rest of the story?

    August 22, 2010 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  27. AirborneSFC

    Since 2002, I have personally deployed 5 times. I am serving my 5th deployment in Afghanistan as we speak. Just reading half of these comments really make me sick at the petty crap that goes on here. One, SFC Shorter, congrats on the SS. I know you never asked for it. You just did your job. As for a lot of the others? You talk really big in a forum such as this. If you have an opinion on this and you are voicing it, YOU ARE WELCOME. Enjoy your freedoms, people like me and my brothers and sisters in arms earned it for you!

    August 22, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      Thank you for your service, AirborneSFC!

      You men and women are doing an incredible job over there and it is great to see this battle finally being properly resourced and thus turned around.

      Rest assured that most Americans deeply appreciate all that you put on the line for both us and the Afghan people.

      August 23, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Aubrey

      Thank you, AirborneSFC so much for serving. My heart goes out to you for giving selflessly and making a huge sacrifice for people who aren't even thankful for your service. Keep your head held high, thank you for serving this great country and may god keep you safe as you continue to fight for OUR freedom.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  28. BarOldWhy

    This is why I don't view CNN very often. I saw CNN reporters distort the truth time and time again during both of my tours. And I saw FOX tell it so straight, I wondered if the soldiers were actually writing their stories for them. They nailed it time and time again. They stuck to the facts. And now all these thoughtless coments from these whimpy CNN viewers who enjoy freedom because of us . . . and have the nerve to talk bad about us. Keep it up. We have something for you when the time is right. 😉

    August 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I can't say anything about how CNN talks about the wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan!!! But I do know how Fox lies about things that are going on in the states... I would rather listen to CNN and MSN anytime!!! Because at least they give both sides of the stories...

      August 24, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  29. SMSgtBuck

    Combat pay is great!

    August 21, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Adam

    The only problem I have with this story is that it makes it sound like this guy is a stand-alone sacrificial lamb in going on a 3rd tour. It's unfair to the many others in the military who have done the exact same thing and don't get the same recognition.

    August 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • USAFtroop

      that is a post that sums up this whole war. 3 times is not a record for deployment. some troops were in at that invasion in 2003 and have been deployed ever since. when i was on my 1st tour in 05, some people were on their second, and i know they have been back since then, so why aren't they in the news? while being away from your family sucks, the thing the public doesn't realize is the pay is pretty good compared to most jobs in the states. tax free pay, combat pay, hazardous duty, etc. the military tries to make it a little better by giving them the internet, big screen tv's and rec tents, so while it sucks, its not the worst thing in the world

      August 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Angle

        Thank you for your service and your honesty.

        August 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Future Army Wife

        I'm very glad that your outlook on being deployed isn't so pessimistic. It makes me a little more optimistic that my fiance won't be in total misery while he's away. He's very excited about the pay he will have when he is deployed, he even said when he comes back we can put a down payment on a house and have a nice wedding. He's much more, I suppose "excited" then I am about the whole situation, I just hope he comes home safely to me so we can start our lives together..

        August 22, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Sistosaved1

      You know you are right there have been others and luckily the good Sgt. was chosen to be featured. I am glad they did because with no regard for his safety Sgt. Shorter ran into A fire fight to save my brothers life! He is a hero to my family and deserves every bit of good recognition!!! We love all the troops and pray for them daily!

      August 24, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  31. Barbara Stricker

    No one should be forced to serve more than two tours in a combat zone.

    August 21, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I agree with you... The only other way would be to have a Draft!!! Because there are More Cowards than there are those that are willing to fight for This Country!!! They rather be here bad mouthing Our Military because they are to big of a coward to go there and fight for themselves!!!

      August 24, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  32. Copper

    I am the step father of a Canadian infantry soldier recently back from Afghanistan and want to thank you Randy and all American servicemen for defending freedom and democracy. Stay Safe.
    Police Staff Sergeant
    Ontario, Canada

    August 20, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Dustin

    Thank you for your service Sgt. Shorter. May you return home safe.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Natalie

    I happen to be in the Army. Most of do our job because it is our obligation. Why do civilians constantly complain about it? Its our road to hoe not yours. so continue to drink you starbucks and read your New York Times. Be happy that we have people to volunteer for this job. So it's not voluntary for you. War is trying but it is necessary unfortunately.

    August 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      I laugh at the complete and utter morons flooding this site who think it is the fault of the soldiers that there is a war. If you asked every soldier they would much rather be at home, but they are told what to do and they can't argue it.

      August 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Every one I talk to feels it was a Privilege to serve with those they had to serve with!!! The Military is the only place that make Children into Men and learn how to stay alive by working with those beside You... The Military is the only place that know matter who You are You are Bothers with Those You fight with!!!!

        August 24, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Future Army Wife

      Before I met my fiance I would have just been another average American who didn't care much for politics and war, and I had no idea what the soldiers go through, and they are proud to do it, they choose to join the military to serve our country. I know that know after meeting my fiance several years ago. I have so much respect for the soldiers now, I believe I'm more afraid of my fiances deployment then he is, he's proud to go, and I'm proud of him, and all of our soldiers serving, God bless them all.

      August 22, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • future soldier

      OOAH!!

      August 23, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawrence

      This liberal Democrat, New York Times reading civilian won't be complaining.

      You men and women are doing a great job and I, for one, am aware of just how much is at stake in Afghanistan.

      I remember what the Taliban were doing prior to 2001 and am fully aware of how bad it could get if the job there was not completed.

      As I said below, much respect to all of you who are fighting the good fight.

      August 23, 2010 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  35. Master Chief

    Stop your bellyaching eveybody. I've been fighting the Covenant since 2552. I lost all my Spartan brothers when the planet Reach was glassed. I fought both the Covenant and the Flood on two Halos, and in the Africa. I lost my best friend Sargeant Johnson when he was lasered by some creepy A.I. I have had my warthog jeep blasted out from under me at least 1000 times. Have you ever been hit by a Brute hammer? Not fun. Now everybody get your act together, man up, and grab the pair god gave you.
    -Master Chief, UNSC.

    August 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      You are a Idiot to make fun of our armed Forces!!! We have one of the greatest Arm Forces in the World... Israel has the best!!! Otherwise They wouldn't still be around!!!

      August 23, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  36. agila ng davao

    I pray that Sgt.Short will survive in his third deployment and come back to his family in one piece.protect him in all of his combat patrols,and no bullet nor bomb had been ever existed that is meant for him.God speed and comfort for his family.
    Filipinos here pray for your safety.God bless

    August 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Steven Nguyen

    Salamad. We love each everyone who wears the uniform. These brave men and women defense freedom, democracy for us and people around the world. Therefore, a lot of comunist, terrorists, dictator countries envy us and our allies. God bless America.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Amen To That!!!

      August 23, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        There you go again using my name! I didn't say that!!!

        August 24, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  38. jl

    mr, you'd be surprised how many AF people are dying on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. They run convoys that are getting bombed, pararescuemen conduct medevac missions standard Army medevacs won't fly, combat controllers get into firefights all the time while calling in CAS. The AF has been picking up the slack for short-handed ground forced all through these wars.

    August 20, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • ewe

      I get my VFW magazine in the mail every month. There is a section that lists the deaths by service and whether or not they died in combat or non-combat related. Very rarely is there a combat related Airforce death. Army has by far the most, followed by the Marines and Navy. AF is way back.

      August 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        That is because the army has always been in the frront lines!!!

        August 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  39. mr

    "Captain, USAF Retired Vietnam Veteran"

    -Really, I didnt realize the Air Force took place in ground combat, so by "we" did our job? who are you referring to, the guys in the rear?

    August 20, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • USAFtroop

      i was in the air force 03-07 and yea we did ground combat to help with the shortfall of army personnel. 130 of us were in balad iraq for 10 months, so while most air force personnel push papers, there are a few out there that are ground troops that are not spec ops

      August 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  40. danimal

    I support all our soldiers over there fighting this war, some ask why... i tell them that we need to go anywhere that there is a group that uses terror tactics on women and children to gain power. Would you send troops somewhere to combat a group of people who pour acid on kids? Thats what the taliban do so i will back this war on those monsters til the end.

    August 19, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • danimal

      you must be by far the dumbest individual on the face of the planet. i bet your father wishes he'd pulled out!

      August 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I was in the Army for 6 years!!! How many Years were You in???

      August 23, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      You are a Idiot!!!

      August 23, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  41. shon

    This story is about a silver star recipient going back for his third time and all I here are pogues talking about, "well I have been there 4 times" WAH WAH, if you want to be on tv call cnn and tell them your story or stfu.

    August 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • butmike2

      haha hell yeah agreed

      August 20, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Future Army Wife

      Most soldiers are far to humble to demand recognition, the ones commenting are simply not thrilled to see someone who's getting singled out recognition for something that thousands of soldiers do all the time, it's their job, they do it proudly, and most of them humbly, I think it's wrong to say anything negative about the men and women fighting for our safety and our rights

      August 22, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        It is those People that are to big of a Coward to do what is right for This Country that talk that way!!! Those that have been in the Military love and Respect all those fighting for us now... The Old Guard is working to make things better than it was when we got back!!! My Prayers are with all Those that are fighting for Our rights!!! May GOD watch all over them...

        August 23, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • shon

        sounds like a bunch of whining to me, I have a hanky for those tears.

        August 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  42. DAVE

    Not for nothin' But I have been accross the pond and in the dirt in Iraq and Afghanistan 3 times allready, Heading back for my 4th next year. The 10 years I have been in I have missed every one of my wedding anniversaries, My Daughter was born 6 days prior to my first deployment, My wife has thyroid cancer and my oldest (of 3) nis Autistic. Sorry man don't feel your pain.. Suck it up and do your job.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Right and I've been on Mars 5 times already!!! What are You with Special forces??? At Least You don't have to worry about Iraq anymore Do You???

      August 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • butmike2

        Larry valencia, you are an idiot, i did 8 years in the Army/Marines and was deployed 4 times. This is a very common scenario. Until you know what you are talking about, shut up! 0331/11B

        August 20, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Butmike: It doesn't make it right for You to have to fight 4 tours in the Service!!! In Vietnam they were there for 1 year that was their tour!!! How were in in the Army.Marines both??? Because one is the Army and the Marines where with the Navy!!! If anyone doesn't know what they are talking about is You!!! Because You didn't even know that!!!

        August 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ellie

      To Dave: God Bless you and your family – I am a mom of daughter who is in Afghanistan, third deployment, once in Iraq, twice in Afghanistan. We have missed every birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas etc. together. It is her job just like we get up every day and do ours in the Army your jobs are very different. All I can say is whether we believe right or wrong we have to be there for our US Military no matter our thoughts, so to all of you and yours I pray everyday for everyone's safe return. To the rest of those it is better I just leave things alone and just be happy that you are in America where you do not hear sirens all night long because there may be a raid.

      August 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        May GOD bless Your daughter and watch over Her while She is there!!! It is not fair that She has to be away for so many Tours while others never been in at all!!! But Who ever said This Country was fair??? Are Military fights for the Rights of the People of this Country... But this Country doesn't take care of those of the Military!!! In Israel everyone has to be in the Military... That is the way it should be in This Country too!!!

        August 23, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Future Army Wife

      Those are the things I worry about for mine and my fiances future. He's being deployed next year as well and I feel bad that there are things that he will miss out on in our lives, anniversaries, birthdays, although we aren't married with kids yet, in the future he may miss out on important times in their lives. But despite all of that I still support him and all the troops out there, I'm sure it's not easy on them to have to miss out on those things at home, but they are serving proudly and they have a lot of courage not only to go to war for their country, but to do their job knowing that they will be away from their loved ones for long periods of times. God Bless

      August 22, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Will hopefully by next year there will be know reason for You to go over there!!! We got Our troops out of Iraq and maybe by next year they will be out of Afghanistan!!!

        August 23, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      So why do you have to go back again??? Isn't 3 times enough??? May GOD be with You when You go... God sure has been with You the last 3 tours!!! Thank GOD Our Military only had to spend a year in Vietnam... That was enough for those that fought there!!!

      August 23, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  43. beasterdamas

    That's what you get paid for...Godspeed...

    August 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVE

      Quiet Wang Chung–Either step up and help out or sit there and be quiet.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Joe

    I love warmongers who have never been to war. Easy to recognize them all guts and glory as long as it's the neighbors kid that does the fighting.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I was in the Army for six years!!! Just because I didn't go to Vietnam doesn't mean I don't know anything that went on there!!! I lose a lout of my Brothers there... If You Think that doesn't make Me feel guilty You are Young!!! I am taking the same Treatment as those That were there...

      August 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I don't think that We went and fought under Jesus Name... Because there was other that were not Catholic that were there fight along side with those that were!!! Why does the Catholic thikn everything is about them???

      August 23, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Burn Em All

    This guy's my hero. To hell with Hollywood superstars and their sniveling, hypocritical concept of morality. I hope this guy plants as many targets as possible, because they don't deserve to breath the same oxygen as civilized people. The faster we get rid of the vermin, the better!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      There is good and bad in all countries!!! After all we have You...

      August 19, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    I get sick and tired of these people trying to glorify this obscene war.There is absolutely no glory in killing people no what these people think.Enough said.

    August 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scroufus

      War is war. It is killing people. Its been like that since man first learned to make a spear and put fear into some ones eyes to take their land or whatever else it is that they want. Its never really been glorified. Every movie or book Ive ever seen or read tells the tales of the darkness of war. Even the comical ones (Good Morning Vietnam). Its pretty obvious you have never been to a war zone. I have, both Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a thrill to be in combat but I can also see how some get addicted and cant not stop thinking about it.

      No Guts no Glory.

      August 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ralph Moerschbacher

        If you think it is a thrill to be in combat, I don't want to fight with you. My father landed on Omaha Beach on DDay and was wounded twice. I served in Vietnam. We did our job, but it isn't a thrill. I am a cop and I don't want a partner who wants to get into action. Ralph Moerschbacher, Captain, USAF Retired Vietnam Veteran

        August 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • MJ

        Any time in uniform, on the line, ...you become aware that you're there for the man on your left and your right. The rest is all bull. No King Harry talking about greater share of glory, ...once more into the breach. Just alot of cold sweat and fear, especially when you dream of it later.

        August 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        There are still those that re trying to get over from Their Tour in Vietnam!!! It will be a lot Easier for those of You today to get over it than it was us... Because We will be there to help You!!! We had knowone until lately to help us...

        August 23, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Ralph M: I bet you wouldn't trade Your experience for any reason in the World!!! It was lousy how us vets were treated when We got home from Vietnam... But at least today they are felling better about those that fought over there and We are getting Help to make things better for us!!! The only sad part there are still Those that take from us what we deserve and gets away with it... That is what the Old Guard is about stopping the wrong that is being done to Our vets!!!

        August 23, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        MJ: thank GOD we finally are getting Help for those that has those Dreams and are making it better for Those that will be coming back from the Wars today!!! Things are finally getting better for the Vets... It is a long time waiting but it is finally here!!!

        August 23, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • SSG T

        Yes, it is getting better for members of our military, yet there are those that wish to diminish what little we receive. There are proposals and plans brought forth by our own government to change and reduce the benefits VETs receive. Reducing the amount of “money” the government spends on soldiers, a quote from one of the proposals is “they serve for 20 years, and we pay them for 60 years afterward”. If money is such a concern, then why don’t these same people that want to take from the people with courage enough to fight for them, make a decision to take less income for themselves? Senators and Congress, after serving 2 terms of office will get their full pay for the rest of their lives. Do they EVER have to endure the pain of: Separation from family? Combat? Fear? The answer is no! Are they traumatized after their term to the point of nightmares? Are their children stricken with PTSD derived from their parent’s tour in combat “oops, I mean office”? This is another no! Yet they so freely make “financial” decisions over members of our military both past and present. I served for over 25 years, 20+ active; when I retired in 2009 I began receiving half of my base pay per month which was an average over the last 3 years. 20 years earns me ½, yet 2 terms earns them full? I think the scale is tainted! I do believe that needs to be fixed prior to ANY reduction in benefits that military personnel deserve. I retired in January 2009, had I known, I would have waited until August 2009, I am unable to transfer my education benefits to my son, as so many other military can do, because I retired a few months before the date this was enacted. I investigated to the fullest point, and felt confident that I would be able to, but in reality there was NO information about the regulations governing this until after it was enacted.

        August 25, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Military-Industrial-Complex

      "US Army Forever"

      "No glory in killing" *implying an aversion to killing*

      Wat.

      August 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Most People fighting in a war is doing it to stay alive!!! Not because the enjoyed it...

        August 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        There isn't any glory in killing!!! But if You want to keep Your Freedom... Someone has to fight for it otherwise We could lose it!!! Those that are welling to but Their lives on for Their Country They love... They are the ones that made This Country the way it is!!! That is why I get so mad when I see Cowards trying to take the rights from others because They feel Their rights are more important than theirs!!!

        August 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVE

      Moron–You really have no idea what you are talking about.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Tell it to your Taliban friends, Larry.
      We didn't start this war, Larry, but by gum we're going to finish it!

      August 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herpi Harrison

      I agree

      August 20, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      It is hard enough to spend one year in battle!!! Know one should have to put more than that... It isn't right for them are Their Families to have to live through!!! Let some of the Rich risk their lives to for This Country... They are no better than the rst of us!!!

      August 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  47. GUEST42DAY

    i've done iraq twice and now i'm in afghanistan all since 05

    August 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon Damiano

      I hear you, the same is true for my son, too – twice to Iraq and now in Afghanistan... He was called back up and met people where he had to report who had not been deployed even once. God bless all of you, I pray for your safe return and Thank You for serving! I wish these conflicts would end so all of you could come back home. I was in the military, too, but I had it easy – no wartime service. My heart goes out to all of you and your families.

      August 24, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Maritta

    Good luck to you!!! My son is a Marine and has a little over 7 more mos.

    August 19, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  49. destinay

    3 times is a drop in the bucket. My husband was over sees more than three times that in the past 7 years..

    August 19, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherry

      "three times that in the past 7 years"? Are you an idiot? 3 x 3 = 9. How has your husband deployed 9 years of the past 7 years? And its overseas not "over sees".

      August 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nerd Rage

        Considering that the typical deployment is 180 days rotation in Afghanistan, it's easy to do repeat deployments.

        August 20, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Bull

        @Cherry.Don't be so quick to call somebody an idiot,when your wrong.My nephew has been deployed 3 times in 7 years also.Twice to Iraq ,once to Afganistan.

        August 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Future Army Wife

        You really are ignorant huh? Obviously, cherry, you don't know much about deployment, how long exactly are you thinking deployment is? Do you think that it is three years overseas for one deployment? I'm guess you don't have any family or close friends serving do you.

        August 22, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        For the Army, most rotations are 12 months. So this soldier will have been deployed 36 months. Marines have 6-7 month deployments. 9 x 6 is 54 months or 63 months depending. so not quite three times as long.

        My rotation was 18 months. One trip.

        August 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • CH101

        What are you talking about? 3 deployments does not have to mean 9 years...I am actually serving my 2nd tour in 3 years at the moment. at this rate i could have my third under my belt in 5.

        August 22, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Nerd Rage: They should have to do more than one tour... If the People don't want to volunteer they should draft them!!! Because everyone not just the Poor and Middle Class should be fighting over there...

        August 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      You must be very proud of Him??? May GOD watch over Him if He is still There fighting For Our Country!!! Please forgive these Cowards... They are to chicken to Do what Your Husband and the Rest of Us that were in the Military doing what We had to do!!!

      August 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Onesmallvoice

    Hey,what's wrong with this dude anyway???

    August 19, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      He's nihilistic of course, since we have no good reason to fight this obnoxious war.

      August 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • You

        We sure don't,Larry.Thank you.

        August 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Military-Industrial-Complex

        Yeah, I agree, what would he be going over there for anyway? Pfft, it wouldn't be something like "the call of duty" or "desire to help the Afghan people" or whatever.

        August 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • You

        Will you kindly cut the right-wing mumbo-jumbo?It gets very old and corny!!!

        August 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Military-Industrial-Complex

        If by "right-wing mumbo-jumbo" you mean "common sense", then no.

        August 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Riiiight. Cuz 9/11 never happened, right, Larry?
        Genius.

        August 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        I am going to put my fingers in my ears and go la la la and pretend this is not happening. This is not what i meant to happen when i started stealing other people's names. I feel so ashamed.

        August 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Are you really,Phunnie boy?What a relief!And please stop making jokes out of this obnoxious war,will you?

        August 21, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Military Industrial Complex: It is to bad You can't see how much it is worth to help This Country make the World better and the Country free of Tarriest and Our enemies!!! It is a experience You would never forget...

        August 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        When are you going to stop vomiting your Islamophobia under my name? And learn to spell while you're at it!

        August 23, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      He is just like everyone that ever Loved This Country!!! What better way to prove it than fighting for Our rights??? May GOD Bless all that are Serving and all That ever Served in the Military!!!

      August 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Miltarary Industrial Complex: If being a Coward is what you want to be so be it!!! But there are those of us that Appreciate what We have in Our Country and are welling to fight for the right to have them... So quit bad mouthing those of Us that really Love our Country and are willing to do what is best for it!!!

        August 23, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      I am currently in Afhanistan and have been for the past six and a half months. I can honestly say we are wasting our time and money in this place. We've been here for ten years and really have nothing to show for it. We're still attacked all of the time and most of the locals can't be trusted further than you can throw a stick.

      In a few years when we leave it will go back to how it was before we came. So in the end we will have just wasted billions of dollars,over ten years and many American lives or a fight that simply cannot be won because it lacks a clear objective. I think we should focus more on keeping these people out of our country and not so much focused on staying in theirs. Just my thought on it.

      August 25, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Army Infantry Wife

        Justin you must not be very intelligent if you say that there are improvements there and Afghan people who appreciate what yall have done. Simple things such as kite flying that the taliban did not allow they can now do. Our soldiers are making a diffrence!

        August 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brenden

        Army Infantry WIFE,

        HE must not be very intelligent?! YOU'RE the one saying our troops are over there to make the taliban let people fly kites! Bahahahaha!!! I SAY SCREW THE KITES, GET OUR TROOPS HOME.

        May 1, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |