Monday, October 13, 2003


At least it does when on R&R
The first troops to take advantage of the Army's unprecedented R&R program prepared Sunday to return to Iraq, many saying they felt energized by their two weeks of rest and recuperation.

"It'll make the next six months easier to get used to," said Staff Sgt. Jason Whitaker, 33, from San Antonio...

Many of the troops said they found the public very supportive, regardless of how people may have felt about the war. They described seeing yellow ribbons and road signs welcoming them home.

Hannon said there was a church convention in the motel where he and other soldiers stayed last night, and this morning, soldiers were pulled into the services and prayed over and hugged.

"It made us feel real good," Hannon said.

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