Lynn Jones said she's sometimes afraid to turn on the television - afraid of the constant scenes of war and afraid of the uncertainty surrounding her two children, both of whom are soldiers in the U.S. Army.
"It's just so scary," Jones said.
On Thursday evening, Jones' 22-year-old son, Kevin Hurlbrink, was on two-hour standby with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., waiting to hear if he would soon be deployed to join those fighting the war in Iraq. If not now, Jones said her son will be sent there at the end of May for six months.
Her 19-year-old daughter, Amy Hurlbrink, is undertaking map and topographical training at Fort Belvoir, Va., where she is a member of the 554th Engineer Battalion. She was to find out this week where she'll be stationed after she completes her training on May 29.