The Star-Telegram talked to a few guardsmen about the upcoming mission to the border with Mexico:
National Guard Sgt. Douglas Salley said he will volunteer for deployment to the Mexican border because he wants to stay on active status.
Salley, who served in Iraq, said that his wife is about have a baby in Fort Worth and that he does not have a job to go back to.
“I got to do what I got to do. I’ve got a family to support,” he said. “You have to work 12 hours a day every day just to get the money that I make on active duty.”
Sgt. Alfred Bethea said he will not volunteer to go because he served in Iraq for a year and fears that border service could turn into another yearlong deployment.
Capt. Cameron Lenahan said he will not volunteer because he served in Iraq and is trying to restart his career as a lawyer, this time in Paris in East Texas.
“If they asked me and tell me they desperately need me, I’ll go of course. But I’ve got to get my life back together here,” he said.
See: Guard troops deployed to southern border, By JOHN MORITZ, STAR-TELEGRAM AUSTIN BUREAU, with contributions from staff writer Patrick McGee (Fort Worth Star Telegram: June 6, 2006)