Tulsa soldier in Iraq talks about his mission

Tuesday, September 14th 2004, 10:55 am
By: News On 6

They haven't seen their soldier grandson for almost a year. Now, thanks to the US Army and the miracles of modern technology, a Broken Arrow couple was able to connect, even with their grandson halfway across the world.

News on 6 anchor Scott Thompson has more on a very special long-distance phone call. It's one of the toughest things about being a military family. Your loved one is in harm's way and you're not able to call and check to make sure they’re OK.

One Broken Arrow couple was able to bridge the distance with help of a telephone, a television, and a satellite. Otto and Flora Seidl could barely sleep Monday night. They couldn't wait to talk their grandson, Major Bob Bennett, on the phone. He left for Iraq almost a year ago with a very important mission; help train the Iraqi National Guard.

Major Bennett went to Mosul for an interview with the News on 6; he had no idea his Broken Arrow family would be on the line. Otto Seidl: "Hey Bob this is grandpa how ya doing?” Major Bob Bennett: "Hey grandpa, doing fine thanks.” Flora Seidl: "We're all wishing you well we're praying for you we're hoping you get home soon." Major Bob Bennett: "Its gonna happen soon, just a little bit longer to go.”

The Seidl's were so happy to see their grandson, they did note he'd lost a little weight, but he seemed to be in good spirits.

They laughed a lot and talked a little Sooner football, but one of the most touching parts of the conversation was Major Bennett discussing his work with the Iraqi National Guard.