"ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ” Barb Kriesel's son Ryan decided to join the Army when he was 19. Six weeks after enlisting, straight out of boot camp in Fort Carson, Colo., he was deployed to Iraq, where he drove a tank for one year.
That's when the sleepless nights and constant worrying began for his mom.
'I was pretty much a basket case and searching thing online and I stumbled on Blue Star Mothers on the Internet,' she said."
Anyone with a loved one serving in the military knows the anxiety that a late night phone call or knock on the door can cause. Military moms have long come together to talk about these concerns, especially in times of war. One of the groups that helps them cope is the Blue Star Mothers, which has been around since World War II.There are about 240 Blue Star Mothers in a dozen chapters around Minnesota. Moms like Kriesel say they share a mixture of fear and pride for their children.As moms, they admit they'd do anything to have their sons and daughters stay in the United States, working safe jobs that keep them out of harm's way. As citizens, they speak with pride of their children's service in the military.For Kriesel, no one quite understands that emotional conflict like the women in her group.
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