TITLE

WHEN WAR TAKES A PARENT

AUTHOR(S)
Jerome, Richard; Lang, Anne; Brass, Kevin
PUB. DATE
February 2005
SOURCE
People;2/28/2005, Vol. 63 Issue 8, p102
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article looks at three Texas teenagers who have lost parents in the Iraq War. Jessica Blankenbecler fights back tears as she recalls the day her father, Army Command Sargent Major James D. Blankenbecler left for Iraq. Jessica was the first student at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas, to lose a parent in the war. By now five more students at Shoemaker have lost a parent in Iraq, and scores of others have had mothers or fathers come home with catastrophic injuries. Of its 2,000 students, a remarkable 80 percent have a parent at war. Jessica has formed an ad hoc support group with two other students who have lost parents: Leeza Weibley and Rohan Osbourne Junior.
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16159141

 

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