Deployments are never easy, extended deployments are never easy, and finding out just as your soldier was about to head home–that has to be difficult. A big understatement, I know.
The welcome home signs were already up; weddings, vacations, and moves were in the works; some of the troops were even back in the states when the word came down of an extension of their tour of duty in Iraq.
I know they will do their job, and the spouses and parents and kids will do theirs, but I also know their hearts are breaking. Some will be silent, others will express their heartache (A Mom Asks Bush to Reconsider). I don’t know why this particular decision was made. I will not second guess in an area I don’t know. Still, there is a part of me who asks, “How is this fair? Why extend a unit about to return home?”
If I may be a little selfish, I am going to say that I hope we don’t start seeing more extended tours again. It is hard enough to imagine what these families are feeling–I’d rather not get a personal vivid illustration of their frustration and deferred hopes.