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Parents concerned with extended tour of duties

January 11, 2007

Albany-  Troop increases in Iraq will mean contract extensions for private businesses that supports those troops, drawing concern from parents.

Lillian Harrison's son, John, served in the armed forces for 10 years and served in Afghanistan through last July. He recently returned to Iraq to work for private contractor, L-3 doing Blackhawk Helicopter maintenance, and now they've asked Harrison to extend his contract.

"He said that they offered them all a position where they can stay an extended six months if they want to, but it would be his choice, so he is in there for a year, but after a year he's able to come home," said Lillian Harrison.

Harrison said her son is working seven days a week, 14 hours a day. He mostly remains on the base north of Baghdad, but she remains concerned for his safety.

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