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Soldier's family reacts to Saddam capture

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December 15, 2003

Thomasville - Pat Brinson's days are consumed with thoughts of her son Paul. She says, "I'm constantly saying little prayers. I'm very proud of him, very, very proud of him. He's only 23 years old, but he's grown up real quick, he's really become a man."

A man who is proud to serve his country, even when he's in danger. Brinson says, "He says, 'It doesn't matter if you're on the front lines or not, we're all in danger', but he also said that he knows that it's by the grace of God that they're alive."

And that Saddam Hussein has been captured. Paul called his mother as soon as he found out. She says, "He just wanted to know if I'd heard the news, and I said, 'yeah, are y'all doing okay?' And he says, 'Oh yeah, we just found out.'" .

But Pat has mixed feelings about the capture of Saddam. She says, "I'm glad, but I hope it doesn't extend their time over there. A lot of people think they are just going to pick up and come home, but I'm afraid it's going to extend their time."

But as of now, Paul is still expected to come home early next year. "Gonna miss him at Christmas," she says. "I was thankful to have him for Thanksgiving. It was good to see that he was okay."

And Pat says she'll be okay, when her son is safe at home. Specialist Paul White was been deployed in April and has been home on one rest and relaxation visit. He is expected to come home for good in late January or February.

posted at 3:35 PM by karen.collier@walb.com