A select group of students have signed up for the opportunity to serve in the nation?s armed forces. President Barack Obama recently announced his plan to deploy 30,000 American troops to Afghanistan. For thousands of American families, including some that are part of the Marshall community, this means a loved one will be sent to war.

Senior Theresa Hackett?s father, Colonel Robert D. Hackett, was deployed to Afghanistan for six months in 2006, when Theresa was in the eighth grade.

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