Plans For Troop Withdrawal Raises Hope

Plans for troop withdrawal raises hopes of families

Families of Ohio soldiers stationed overseas said today their hopes are high that the soldiers may soon be coming home after hearing of President Bush's plan to realign US troops in Western Europe and Asia.

During a stop in Cincinnati, Bush announced plans to shift as many as 70-thousand US troops back to the United States or to posts in Eastern Europe. Becky Mitchell, of Lima, says that would make life a lot easier for her. Mitchell's 22-year son, Ryan, is in the Navy and has been overseas for all four years of his stint. He was initially stationed in Japan, then deployed to the Persian Gulf, and is now based in Guam. Mitchell says her son has only been home to visit a few times since he enlisted. She says it's too hard on families to be apart for so long.