Local Family Impacted by Removal of Iraq Troops

By: Stephen Johnson
By: Stephen Johnson

LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- "It's a huge relief. It's a lot of stress gone", says Angel Reshel, who has two sons currently serving in the U.S. Military.

For the past year, Angel Reshel has awaited the return of her son, Zachary wolf, a soldier stationed in Iraq. Come next week, her wait will be over. Zachary will return to the U.S. and, as of now, will never have to return to Iraq again.

"Just to be able to touch him and know that he's okay is wonderful. Just to tell him that I love him."

As she waits for the arrival of one son, another sits in limbo. Her youngest, Brandon, is currently stationed in New York and was set to be deployed to Iraq. But with president Obama’s announcement that all troops will be removed from the Middle East country, his destination is now unknown.

Reshel says, "When he called today, it was a relief for him also, but also being a solider, he was ready to go."

Both Zachary and Brandon got to talk to their mother today. Reshel knows that with both of them serving in the military, days like today don't come along too often.

"I hear parents talking about their kids going off to college and not being able to be around and help them. But there's such a difference in the military because you don't have that open free contact”, says Reshel

Reshel says the decision for both of her sons to join the military surprised her, and since Zachary left for Iraq, it has strengthened the family's support for each other.

Reshel says, "It does strengthen the bond between him and all of the family, not just me...and him I guess he realized how much he counted on family, depended on family."

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  • by LR Location: ogle county on Oct 22, 2011 at 05:32 PM
    God bless both of you and your families! I am thankful for the soldiers and their families that have given so much for the United States of America! THANK YOU AGAIN!
  • by Brenda Location: Roscoe on Oct 22, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    My family experienced the same thing. Our daughter and son were in Iraq in 2003 & 2004. Then after they came home, our youngest son went to Iraq. The love you have for your kids is unmearsureable, but when they come home from a war zone, there are no words to discribe the feeling. We are a much closer family and they now understand that mom and dad are more than just parents. There is also a bond between the kids that only they understand. Bless you and your family. Many prayers for you and all the families that have endured these struggles.
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