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Three Years After the War in Iraq

Three Years After the War in Iraq
By: CJ Cassidy

Hundreds of soldiers right here in the Heartland made major adjustments when they were deployed to fight the war in Iraq.

So did their families.

Three years later, many remain deployed and those who have returned say their lives will never be the same again.

"I'm 100 percent sure I'm going to be one of those old men who sit around talk about the war," Scott City POlice Chief Don Cobb says.

In fact Cobb's at it already. He says that's what a tour of duty in Baghdad will do to you.

"There was almost a before and after Abu Ghraib. I was working in Baghdad when the Abu Ghraib pictures broke. Before Abu Ghraib the power plant was coming on line, the water plant was coming on line, people were happy to see us, and then after Abu Ghraib, everything changed," he remembers.

Cobb's mission involved training the Iraqi police force.

He and his unit lived out of one of Saddam Hussein's bombed out palaces.

Cobb kept his wits about him, by putting together a scrap book of his experiences.

Still, Chief Cobb still plans on signing up for another six years with the National Guard, despite the heartache he knows comes from being away from his loved ones.

"I still believe in that mission. I'd rather do it now, than have those boys do it 12 or 15 years from now," Cobb says.

"He feels this is something for our family as well for the future. For one we have our military retirement," Teresa Cobb says of her husband.

In the meantime, though, the Cobbs enjoy the simple pleasures most people so often take for granted: watching their children grow, and spending time together as a family.

Don Cobb says he had an idea the war in Iraq would not be short, but he and his wife hope it doesn't last much longer.

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