December 2nd, 2009
10:52 AM ET

Army wife: Our sacrifice could be worth the cost

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/01/art.obamawp2.gi.jpg caption="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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