Local Woman Calls for Rally

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

The Valley has done its part providing full-time military and reservists for the war in Iraq. But there's not much of a support group for those left behind. But one local resident knows how much that support is needed.

"Way to go! Lock and load, kick butt, take the body count, and let's roll!"

Broadway's Rebecca Simmons is glued to the TV, watching the renewed bombing in Iraq. She's seen this before. Her former husband served in Operation Desert Storm. She remembers packing a duffel bag for him the day he was called away to war.

"Packing that duffel bag was extremely difficult," admits Simmons. "I was crying the whole time. And it's something that every military wife does. You cry because all of the sudden your world gets turned upside down."

Simmons and her husband were stationed in Charleston, with two military bases nearby. She says things are different here in the Valley.

"There are many people that live in this area who have family members in Iraq," says Simmons. "They do not have the support that I had during the first war with Iraq."

Simmons says it's time for people in the Valley to show more support for the troops.

"We need to rally behind them," says Simmons. "Need to give them all the support in the world, and a lot of love."

Simmons is proud of the troops and the effort they're giving.

"I love all out troops, past, present, and future, and I salute every one of them," says Simmons. "And that feeling will be with me for the rest of my life."

Simmons hopes that by telling her story, local businesses will take note and get together to hold a rally for the troops at one of the local venues. She's recorded 15 hours of the war coverage, so her grandchildren will see history as it happened.

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