Troops, families mixed over Obama's Afghan surge

Portraits of his three sons, two of whom are active duty military, hang above Bill Thomas' television as he watches President Obama's speech unveiling his new Afghanistan Strategy from his home in Jacksonville, NC, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. From left to right, Mr. Thomas' sons are former Marine Cpl. David Thomas, 22, current Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Thomas, 25, and current Marine Cpl. Michael Thomas, 23. (AP Photo/Logan Wallace) (AP Photo/Logan Wallace)

December 2, 2009 8:30:28 AM PST
Battle-weary troops and their families braced for a wrenching round of new deployments to Afghanistan, but many said they support the surge announced Tuesday as long as it helps to end the 8-year-old conflict.