Knoxville military wife reacts to Obama's decision to keep troop

Knoxville military wife reacts to Obama's decision to keep troops in Afghanistan

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By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - President Obama announced plans Tuesday to keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year. 32,000 American forces are still there, including Knoxville-area soldiers with the 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron who deployed in February.

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6 News spoke with one of those families, who say they're hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst, including the possibility of a longer deployment.

"I'm extremely proud of my husband," Stefanie Smith said of her husband Eddie, currently serving in Afghanistan. 

Since deploying in February, Stefanie is left caring for their daughters alone while pregnant with their first son. But she feels lucky they at least get to talk almost every day.

"I like to keep him up on stuff here to kind of take away from what he's putting up with there. He doesn't like to talk about what he does there," Stefanie said.

But something always on their minds, just when he'll get to come home. His troop is supposed to be back by next February, but Stefanie says that could change.

"I think that our men and women are over there to do a job, and that's just what they have to do. Do I want them to stay over there? No, I want all of them to come home and be with their families, but it's a job to be done and it's what they signed up to do," Stefanie said.

If the Afghan government signs a security agreement, the U.S. plans to withdraw most of the troops by the end of 2016.  

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