Craig Day, News On 6
TULSA, Oklahoma -- Many Oklahoma military families are thrilled that Osama bin Laden is dead. That includes one military mom who has three soldier sons. One has served in Afghanistan, one is currently serving there, and another will be in Afghanistan soon.
One thing is certain, Sherry Ross is glad Navy Seals took out bin Laden. Now, what's still uncertain is what will come next for her sons and others in uniform.
Sherry Ross is having a hard time getting all of her work done at her office. It's hard not to keep watching television news coverage of Osama bin Laden's death.
"Oh happy. I was just glad he's gone," she said.
Ross has reason to be pleased with bin Laden's death. All three of her sons have, are, or will be serving in Afghanistan."I just feel like there's been a load lifted off of everybody's shoulders right now, I really do," Ross said.
One son, Clifford is training right now in Mississippi with the 45th infantry and will be in Afghanistan soon. His wife Rachel hopes taking out bin Laden will send a message to other terrorists.
"That no matter where they hide, they'll be found eventually," she said.
"I would just like to think that maybe we solved the biggest part of it," Ross said.
While Ross is hopeful that with bin Laden gone, Al Qaida will fall apart, she's also concerned about retribution and who could step in to take his place."I'm scared of what they're going to come back and do," she said.
Rachel shares those worries.
"There's still the nervousness, and scared because of what's going to happen now, who's coming next," she said.
Despite their worry, for now, both women are glad to hear the latest news reports about the raid.
Ross has picked up copies of the Tulsa World and Oklahoman with their bold headlines to keep for her sons. They say the U.S. military deserves a great deal of credit, while bin Laden got what he deserved.
While Clifford Sallas trains in Mississippi for his deployment to Afghanistan, his brother Chris is returning there this week after 10 days of R & R.
Another brother, Michael, finished his tour in Afghanistan.