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Weekend Warriors: Part II

The families say they are holding up, through emotional struggles and tough financial times with lots of support from each other. Tiffany Whigham was talking on a cell phone when her son Dylan was born. That's because her husband, National Guardsman Terry Whigham, is in Iraq and couldn't come home for their son's birth.

Tiffany says she cannot wait for terry to return home.

"At first it was really hard; there were days when I didn't want to get out of bed. But now that I have Dylan, I focus on him. Every time Terry calls, he talks to Dylan, I show Dylan pictures of Terry everyday," says Tiffany.

Terry's mother says it was a support group that got her and Tiffany through the news that many Guardsmen and women were not going to be home for the holidays, as they were originally told.

"Oh, just devastated. We had heard it, but you were always hoping it wasn't true. We had our meeting at the Armory, and the official word came down and we just fell apart," Gwen Hertz says.

Jackie Clemens is a member of the group, with her son, Steven, in Iraq. She says sometimes she gets distracted by her fear.

"As a mother, the fear that something will happen to him, and I'll get that phone call. When I heard about others who have been killed, I just prayed for them and their families," says Jackie.

For many families, it's more than just an emotional strain. Some families are struggling financially with the loss of income. Tiffany says she has managed, by moving in with her mother.

Tiffany, Gwen and Jackie say they still aren't sure when their Guardsmen will be home, but are hoping for sometime in February. They say until they are home, they will keep faith and keep supporting each other.

It was a four hour delivery for baby Dylan. Tiffany says that terry stayed on the phone the whole time because his platoon donated their phone time to him. Families say they think their loved ones will be home sometime in February.


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