December 7th, 2009
10:03 PM ET

Family support 'vital' for those deployed

"You don't do it alone," Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday to a crowd gathered at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. "You do it with phenomenal family support. And we could not be the Marine Corps we are, the military we are without extraordinary family support." Mullen's pep talk - along with a question and answer session - was geared to the new 30,000-troop surge to Afghanistan that President Obama laid out last week. He also thanked those in the audience - many of whom will soon be deployed to Afghanistan. Military families struggle when their loved ones are serving in the war theater - both economically and emotionally.

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  1. Sharon

    Patrick- perhaps it would behoove you to show a bit more reverence for the soldiers. Yes, they have pleasant salaries and yes, everyone knows it's one of the most dangerous professions upon considering the job. But there are in fact a lot of details that are obscured and aren't elucidated until you've actually SIGNED the ocntract and BECOME a soldier- when it's too late. Furthermore, other jobs are always available (e.g. McDonald's or Wal-Mart). So show a little more veneration for the ones who bravely take on jobs that have a purpose and that come at the cost of their own lives and the happiness of their families because I'm guessing while they're out there in 110 degree weather getting shot at you're pretty cozy in your cubicle typing that nescient comment.

    March 6, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shane

    Well said Frances!

    December 14, 2009 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frances

    My son was one of those Marines at Camp Lejeune that was shown on your segment.
    Thank You CNN for letting me see my Hero and showing me he's looking good.
    I'm very proud of him and the rest of the military, and yes, that includes all branches.

    Hey Patrick, you're absolutely right, these men and women volunatarily signed up to serve thier country. If they signed up after Sept. 11, 2001, then they knew their chances of going off to war to defend thier country was inevitable. I didn't see or hear any of them crying about going off to fight a war. They serve thier country proudly and unselfishly. What do you do? What have you done to serve your country? Have you ever put your life on the line for someone you didn't know? I seriously doubt you ever have. These brave military members are leaving their families and loved ones behind and going into harms way to fight for ungrateful and arrogant idiots such as yourself. As far as thier paychecks go, sadly, you and I probablly make more than they do. These brave heros all deserve a big payraise as they are very under paid for thier job. When you go to sleep tonight, remember something, without these brave souls and those that have gone on before them, you wouldn't live in the greatest country and the most free country in the world. But unfortunatly, there are people out there that reap the benefits of freedom at the costs of our fallen soldiers and those left to fight. Thank God for our military. Thank God for those that have volunteered to serve thier country, because we all know if our country's freedom and safety were left up to people such as yourself, we'd all be in trouble! God Bless America! God Bless Our Military! And always remember.... There's nothing free in this world especially FREEDOM!

    Thank you to all military members that have volunteered to serve our country. Thank you for your service and sacrifices. As you go off to Afghanistan, know that you have alot of supporters back home. Go get the job done and come back home to us safetly! My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. I may only have one son, but we're all family now. So from this Mom to you, I send you hugs, prayers and lots of love! God Speed! OOH RAH!

    December 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Patrick

    When you sign for the US army you know – you should know, that maybe too much to ask – that you are not signing for the boy scouts of America... you are joining an army..!!! hello...and as such you maybe call to fight for your country... The check you get every month has a string attached to it... did you not know that? Give me a break and stop crying go get the job done after all no one forced you to sign in.... and at the time you signed to join the army you may not had a job and the army was the only job you could please... go to war, the check is in the mail...

    December 8, 2009 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Elbert Dunn

    They are soldiers and they are meant for it trust that they took oath to discharge their duties.

    December 8, 2009 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |