Three Years After the War in Iraq

Three Years After the War in Iraq
By: CJ Cassidy

H

undreds of soldiers right here in the
H
eartland made major adjustments when they were deployed to fight the war in
I
raq.

S

o did their families.

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

"I
'm 10
0 percent
sure
I
'm go
ing to
be one of those old men who sit around talk about the war
," Scott City POlice Chief Don Cobb says.

I
n fact
C
obb's at it already.
H
e says that's what a tour of duty in
B
aghdad will do to you.

"T

here was almost a before and after
A
bu
G
hraib
. I was
working in
B
aghdad when
the
A
bu
G
hraib pictures broke.
B
efore
A
bu
G
hraib
the
power plant was coming on line,
the
water plant was coming on line, people
were
happy to see us,
and then
after
A
bu
G
hraib
,
everything changed
," he remembers.

C
obb's mission involved training the
I
raqi police force.

H
e and his unit lived out of one of
S
addam
H
ussein's bombed out palaces.

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

Still, C
hief
C
obb
still plans on
signing up for another six years with the
N
ational
G
uard
,
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.

"H

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

I
n the meantime,
though, the C
obb
s
enjoy the simple pleasures most people so often take for granted
:
watching their children grow
,
and spending time together as a family.

D
on
C
obb 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.