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Week of 1.19.07

Back to the Front

As President Bush prepares to add to the U.S. military presence in Iraq, NOW asks: are we asking too much of our soldiers, many of whom are on their second and third tours of duty? NOW follows the troops from Georgia's Fort Stewart as they prepare to leave loved ones this month and head back into harm's way. Through their personal stories, we witness firsthand the strains both the war and our expectations are placing on America's military.

Michael Murphy is one of the Fort Stewart soldiers deploying to Iraq for a second tour. "I think my biggest hope for this next year is just for it to go quickly and smoothly. I don't want anything major to happen to any of my guys or the rest of the squad or platoon," Murphy tells NOW. "But my biggest concern also is just to make it home with ten fingers and toes."

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Related Links:

» Fort Stewart 3rd Infantry Division homepage

» National Military Family Association: "Deployment and You"

» Deployment Health Support
The mission of this military site is to "advise the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) on force health issues"

» NOW: HIT or Miss
A closer look at the lives of U.S. soldiers in Iraq