AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gov. Rick Perry announced plans earlier this week to increase the force on the border by sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley.
The phrase often used is ‘force multiplier,’ but the guard members are husbands and wives, mothers and fathers.
“It’s amazing…It’s an amazing roller coaster,” said Brandie Cole who is waiting to see if her husband, Jarrod, will be called upon. “We’ve gone through deployments, stateside missions, buying a house…moving cities.
“It’s anxiety provoking. Are we going to be one of the families that leave?”
As a crew chief on a Black Hawk helicopter, Jarrod had been overseas twice, serving in both Iraq and Kuwait. But this mission could be unknown territory.
“We’ve had a lot less troops go to the border, so there’s a lot less knowledge about how that’s going to go, what the culture is like, what to expect, how long they’re going to be gone and what exactly they’re going to be doing.”
Married for six years, Brandie not only works as a full-time social worker, she is also president of the Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation. It was something she became involved with to help cope when Jarrod was gone.
“There was just a point in the deployment that was just really scary for me…just not knowing how long he’d be gone, where he was,” she said. “I’m really proud of him and I know this is what he wants to do, so if he has to go to the border I’ll support him every day.”