Ft. Sill troops need help in Iraq

Sunday, December 14th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Saddam's capture no doubt comes as a relief to many families here at home who have loved ones serving overseas.

But some of the troops in Iraq from Ft. Sill need some help.

Patrina Adger talked to Jessica Wooden who says she was up for most of the night talking to other military wives about the capture of the Iraqi dictator.

She says her husband and his buddies are estatic and hopes now there can be justification for why our troops have been overseas for so long.

"Hopefully today we will realize how much our soldiers are doing and if they weren't there we wouldn't have this man right now."

Wooden's husband is with the 17th Brigade Field Artillery out of Fort Sill. Right now they're at Camp Anaconda 50 miles outside of Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.

She says her husbnad e-mailed a few days ago to tell her he and his unit lost everything they owned in a fire.

One of the tents they were sleeping in sparked a fire and the fire spread to a second tent forcing 106 men to move into another tent with about 50 other soldierss.

Wooden says the soldiers made it out safely but lost everything.

"Pictures, Christmas presents, stockings, lost hats, socks, underwear things they need to stay warm."

To contibute send donations to:

PO Box 2593
Sapulpa, OK 74067

Jessica Wooden:

Drop donations at Terry Gartside Realtors, 3815 S. 113th W. Ave.

Wooden says it's cold in Iraq now so the soldiers desperately need things to keep them warm like socks, underwear, shirts.