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December 2nd, 2009
10:52 AM ET

Army wife: Our sacrifice could be worth the cost

President Barack Obama called Tuesday for Americans to unite in support of the Afghanistan war effort.

President Barack Obama called Tuesday for Americans to unite in support of the Afghanistan war effort.

Rebekah Sanderlin
Special to CNN

I'm not an auto mechanic, I'm an Army wife, a mother and - when time permits - a journalist. So when my car needs work, I take it to someone with oil on his hands and years of experience looking under hoods. The same is true for plumbing problems, legal issues and medical care.

I don't assume that I know better than the experts. When necessary, I get a second opinion but, ultimately, I always yield to the advice of those who know more than me.

With that in mind, I am thrilled that President Obama has decided to listen to his experts - the military commanders and strategists - and is committing more troops to Afghanistan.

But as an Army wife at Fort Bragg whose husband has already done three tours of duty in Afghanistan, I can't help but close my eyes, grit my teeth and brace myself for the hard days ahead. As happy as I am that the president has finally made a move after months of deliberating, I know that this announcement is likely bad news for me.

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