Military families wonder what Obama means for troops
For Long Island?s military families, Veterans Day is a chance to reflect on the sacrifice their loved ones have made. For some though, it?s also an occasion to consider how a new presidential administration might affect the troops overseas.
A ceremony in Sayville honored local veterans Tuesday. For two military parents in attendance, a new president means different things.
"We have to finish what we're doing there, but we also need to bring the troops home,? said Donna Dickinson, of Ronkonkoma, whose son has been in Iraq for 14 months. Dickinson voted for Obama, who has pledged to withdraw most U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of next year.
Georgi Sandren, of Sayville, said the troops need to be in Iraq until the Iraqis can take care of their own security and set their own destiny. Sandren?s daughter is in the Florida National Guard and is going to Iraq for the second time.
Many said regardless of politics, it?s important for the troops to finish the job before they return home.