Reaching out to alumni in a war zone

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 02:58 PM.

“It just means the world to these soldiers,” Wright said. “Terry received one from the school and his parents were also real touched.”

Pam Watford, Buck’s wife and a teacher at Port St. Joe Junior High, said that this deployment, which began in the spring and will continue until just after the first of the year, has been more difficult than she originally thought.

Afghanistan, she said, has turned out to be a much different theater of war – she noted recent incidents of men dressed in Afghan army/police uniforms shooting American soldiers among other factors – than Iraq.

And she added that while she initially thought with her two children, Haley and Chase, grown this would be an easier deployment on the home front, she said that hasn’t always necessarily been the case.

As military family members can attest, emotions are an unpredictable part of war.

She added that Troy University is a true partner to the military, doing much to accommodate military members wishing to continue their educations.

“I know Troy in the past has been very military friendly,” Pam Watford said. “They are also very good with providing online courses to those in the military.”

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