"No one wants to loose Americans but unfortunately our freedom isn't free and that has to be paid for by someone," said Rhonda Winfield.
Rhonda Winfield knows that all too well. The end of the month will mark one year since her son Marine Lance Corporal Jason Redifer died in Iraq.
"You tell yourself every day how much they believed in what they were fighting for and you're thankful for that and that can't mean any less just because the worse come to your doorstep," said Winfield.
Not everyone believes the war in iraq is worth the loss of lives.
"The attack on Iraq was only carrying out plans that had even been made before the bombing of the trade center. A large number of Iraqi people are terribly upset by the damage we have done to their country and their culture," said Hunter Mabry, member of the Augusta Coalition for Peace and Justice.
The Augusta Coalition for Peace and Justice asked Goodlatte to remove the troops. He said it would be too dangerous. Rhonda agrees.
"While we'd all like to see them home safe snug in bed we can't pull out until this mission is through or people like my son have given their lives for nothing," said Winfield.
Goodlatte firmly believes that he wouldn't be sending troops into battle if it wasn't worthwhile but this cause if far from over.