New reasons to worry about Afghanistan troops

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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WFAA

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 12 at 7:49 PM

D/FW AIRPORT — About one-hundred service men and women were welcomed home Monday by a large, enthusiastic crowd at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

But the growing instability of U.S. operations in Afghanistan can make for a bittersweet reunion — especially for troops who will be going back to the war zone after a few weeks of rest.

"It's a worry; I worry all the time," said Joanne Wonsetler, who was waiting for her son, Army Capt. Noble Wonsetler.

Add in a shooting rampage against Afghan civilians by a U.S. Army sergeant and now there’s even more to worry about.

"It's a concern, yes, that they’ll want to take action against them... the Army," Wonsetler said. "We just hope they understand that's one person.

"It's just an added concern on top of what we're already worried about," said Capt. Wonsetler's girlfriend Christina de la Garza. Capt. Wonsetler is scheduled to return to Afghanistan in two weeks. And if he's worried about his safety or the 115 men he leads, he's not showing it.

Not to his family.

"Just keep telling them I'm okay. Keep telling them everything's fine," he said. "If something happens, I'll let them know."

They all hope there’s nothing to report at all after Wonsetler returns for another four months of combat duty.

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