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Military wives work to bring troops home

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - Jolene Weeks and Michelle Welliver are like most military wives, juggling the responsibilities of a household while parenting young children by themselves. And they will be doing this for the next year while their husbands are abroad.

"Making decisions, medical or school related, you have to do it all alone where normally it is a double duty," said Weeks.

But their husbands will get four free days before they deploy in June. Days they hope will be shared as a family. "It would be wonderful. And I am sure that a lot of people would be appreciative of it because that's their last four days for a whole year," said Weeks.

These four days will carry more weight because of the communication challenges in this deployment. "In Afghanistan with the mountains and the range, there is not going to be good cell usage," said Weeks.

So they are trying to raise $8,000 to bring these men and women home by charter bus. "We've raised about $800 so far. So we are getting close to our goal," said Chamber President, Monica Simmons.

They need to have the rest of the money by May 23rd and the Crisp County Chamber of Commerce is working to help them do that. "I think this is the least we can do for what they are giving us," said Simmons.

"Our soldiers are sacrificing so we have freedom at home. And I think it's a good cause because if they didn't volunteer to do this service, who would," said Weeks. Four days doesn't sound like much, but will mean the world for families who will be doing without their loved ones for the next twelve months.

An account has been created at Citizens bank in Americus. People can make their donations to the "Old Gray Bonnet" account to contribute to the fundraiser. They can also drop donations off at the Crisp County Chamber of Commerce in Cordele on the corner of 5th street and 16th Avenue.

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