Saturday, January 16, 2010

Idaho Guard members deploy for duty in Afghanistan

Idaho Guard members deploy for duty in Afghanistan Idaho News from KTVB.COM Boise news, Idaho weather, sports, traffic & events News: "BOISE -- Eight more Idaho soldiers are off to war.

It's the second round of deployments since Christmas.

So far, a total of 16 service members are being sent to Afghanistan.

For many this is not their first tour, but regardless, it's time away from family and friends while serving in harm's way.

KTVB was on scene for the departure Saturday morning,"


...At the airport, armed with patriotism, were mothers of other service men and women deployed to the War on Terror.They're called the Blue Star Mothers of America and while they don't personally know the soldiers who left today, they have the soldiers in their thoughts."As mothers we all feel the same way concerning how our children are being sent into harm’s ways, and so we are just here to support not only the service men themselves, but their mothers," said Darlene Biar of the Blue Star Mothers of America.It's a group that has only been in existence for six months in the Treasure Valley, but for decades around the nation.They hope their presence shows those leaving and those left behind that their service is supported."We don't know what is going to happen,” Biar said. “And so, they are trying to be as supportive as they can. They are trying to hold back their tears, but there are tears here today, not only from the mothers, but wives, fathers (and) children. And we are here to offer them any support that we can."

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