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Presidential address hits home for some local families

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Here at home, military families gathered to hear the presidential address. It was met with hope, doubt and anticipation.

“I have two son-in-laws, one is stationed in Afghanistan, one is stationed at Fort Bragg, and I have a nephew that’s stationed at Fort Bragg as well,” explained Theresa Dearros.

Like many military families across the country the DeArros family watched the president announce his strategy in Afghanistan. That is where their soldier son-in-law, John, is stationed.

The president’s plan includes an additional 30,000 troops sent to Afghanistan in the first part of next year. DeArros said the news is a long time coming, and necessary to complete the mission of a war that has already been waged.

“My thoughts are they have to fulfill that commitment. They just can’t walk away from it,” said Chris DeArros.

Chris said an eighteen month timeline however, may not be realistic or strategic. “I don’t think it gives the mission any value to show your hand and when you’re going to be pulling out.”

The DeArros family has an interest in what happens in Afghanistan that extends beyond their love for their son-in-law. For three years, Theresa has packed care packages for troops overseas. Friday, she is prepared to send about 20 to troops in Afghanistan for Christmas. The presidential address takes on a special meaning for her.

“If there going to send more troops it just means that I’m going to keep doing this longer. I’m not going to let those people be over there and not let them know that somebody over here cares about them.” said Theresa.

If you would like to help Theresa Dearros give to troops in Afghanistan, you can drop off monetary donations or gifts at the Oak Island Post Office at 5703 East Oak Island Drive.

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videoHere at home, military families gathered to hear the presidential address. It was met with hope, doubt and anticipation.

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