Local soldier's family speaking out

September 23, 2009 11:42:39 AM PDT
As the president decides whether or not to send more troops to the front line in Afghanistan, many around Fort Bragg are speaking out. In a 66 page assessment obtained by The Washington Post and posted on its Web site, General Stanley Mccrystal said success in Afghanistan is still achievable. But without more US troops, soon the war will likely result in failure.

With thousands of Fort Bragg soldiers already in Afghanistan, and as the president weighs his options, many around Fort Bragg said the Commander and Chief needs to listen.

"I think he ought to do what the general says," Vietnam veteran Jerry Johnson said.

"I think the main man speaking now is the one Obama put into place," Fort Bragg soldier's father Keith Pleasant said. "And if he put him there, he ought to have the confidence in what he says."

In May, the Pleasant family watched their son, a Fort Bragg MP, leave for Afghanistan.

Their son, Kyle Pleasant, has been in newspapers around the world for getting his haircut in a combat zone.

"I just wished I could go right through the paper and hug him," his mother Renee Pleasant said. "And he has said Mother if I can go to a foreign soil and help better my country then it's worth it all," she said.

From her home in Angier, Renee Pleasant said the look on her son's face 7,000 miles away reflected the devotion of American troops in Afghanistan.

His parents said the 19-year-old decided he was going to join the Army eight years ago.

"9/11 had a big impact on my son," Keith Pleasant said. "He was still young, but he made his mind up I think that day, this is what he wanted to do and he stuck with."

Renee Pleasant said she just wants what every soldier's mother wants, her loved one back home safe.

"I trust our president will listen to our generals and I hope so and heed to that," she said.

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