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By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –  While the battle wages on in Afghanistan, more troops are coming home from Iraq. Locally, the U.S. Army recruitment office is seeing an increase in people interested in joining the military.

Last year in Albany 122 new recruits signed up for Active Duty service.  With a hug, and a kiss, the Henderson family says goodbye.

"I'm supporting her, because it's what she wants to do. I'm very scared, especially if she's deployed," said Mom Lisa Henderson. Those feelings are something that comes with joining the Army.

"It's my job," said New Recruit Danielle Wooden. Wooden's new job with the army didn't sit so well with her mom at first.

"She thought it was a complete joke. She laughed at me and I appreciated that very much," said Wooden.

"I told her I don't think she knew what she was getting into," said Henderson. 

Every new recruit has their reason for joining."Benefits, money and the travel," said New Recruit Lamarcus Williams. 

"New experience and finish my education," said Wooden.  

Are the benefits worth losing your life over? "No, not really, but I mean I just do my job," said Williams.  

That new job is fighting for our freedom. "Somebody's gotta do it," said Wooden. 

"I know what a privilege it is to do this for other people," said Williams.

This is one mother who's praying for her daughter's safety. "I have to turn her over to God, he'll protect her," said Henderson. 

Danielle will do her basic training in Jacksonville, Florida. Lamarcus leaves for basic training Oct. 20th.

Some benefits of joining the Army include signing bonuses and paid college tuition. For more benefits on joining the Army visit www.goarmy.com

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