For Those Left Behind, An Anxious Kinship

SGT. RONALD BUXTON, 32

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COURTESY OF THE BUXTON FAMILY

Relatives of soliders

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Audrey limits her family's exposure to TV news. "You learn not to place much stock in rumors," she says. Plus she doesn't like to hear criticism of the soldiers. "I feel like they're attacking me personally," she says. Hardest of all is watching soldier-homecoming scenes. "It makes me cry," she says, smiling. "I turn it off. It doesn't seem fair." As Christmas approached, she and her sons flew to Tallahassee, Fla., to be with her parents. Sitting next to her on the first leg of the flight, across the Atlantic, was her friend Rochelle, pulling guard duty. --By Amanda Ripley/Giessen

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