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AT WAR IN THE HEARTLAND Id . rf" y I Their lives in limbo, war wives soldier on , . a. (J ...V - :"! - ( ..flT V'-.... V'-.... V'-.... J PantagraphCARLOS T. MIRANDA Kath! Drozs, left, and her two children, Zachary, 5, center, and Morgan, 3, draw in chalk with Kathy Murdoch earlier this month in Normal. Kathi and Kathy's husbands, both named Chris, are serving in Iraq with their National Guard unit. The costs of war 1 fZ Deployed Illinois National I J Guard members killed since 911. (14 Army, 1 Air). 3QQO U.S. troops who r died in support of wars in Iraq (3,591) and Afghanistan (407), by Saturday. At VV . Kathi Drozs of Clinton with Zachary. Her husband is due back in October. Warrant Officer Christopher Drozs: I Deployed with the Illinois Army National Guard 33rd Military Police Battalion to Iraq and is in charge of the i ' I motor pool and V ;:f I transportation. llinois Guard for 16 years. I Earned a B.S. from the University of Illinois in 1996. , . Worked full-time full-time full-time since 1998 for the Guard as a motor shop supervisor in Decatur. SOURCE: State Farm's Military Affinity Group L Spouses clig to each other during Guard unit's year in Iraq By Bob Holllday bhollidaySpantagraph.com NORMAL It's not easy on the war wives left behind. While Kathy Murdoch's husband is in Iraq, the Normal woman fights feelings of isolation and loneliness. Kathi Drozs of Clinton copes with raising two children alone. Loneliness affects her, too, as it does Jill Dorbeck of Bloomington. . Each woman has a husband in the Illinois Illinois Army National Guard 33rd Military Military Police Battalion, which shipped out of Bloomington in June 2006 amid much fanfare, including hundreds of people lining the streets as the battalion left town via Veterans Parkway About 70 soldiers with the 33rd left the Twin Cities, including about 30 from McLean County. The unit arrived in Iraq in October. Dorbeck's husband, Sgt. Richard Dor-beck, Dor-beck, Dor-beck, a motor pool sergeant who was recently recently home on leave, said the wives "have it as bad if not worse than we (soldiers) (soldiers) do," noting that spouses must cope" not only with running their households, households, but with raising children alone. While various local support groups like State Farm Insurance Cos.' Military SEE WIVES PAGE A7 READ MORE I Timeline: Central Illinois at war Page A7 11CA Illinois Army rljU (1,000) and Air National Guard (150) members currently deployed. ip Ron Eniisted ILfiVV members of the Illinois Army (9,500) and Air National Guard (3,000). 92,000 Secretary Robert Gates wants to add to the active Army (65,000) and Marine Corps (27,000) in the next five years. QA Oftf Army National TfUJ Guard and Army Reserve troops mobilized. 275,000 members nationwide mobilized for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Enlisted Army National Guard soldiers. $12 billion U.S. taxpayers for Iraq and Afghanistan wars. SOURCES: Associated Press; American Forces Press Service; Illinois National Guard; Washington Post ' 347,000 Lt. Gov. Quinn has emerged as force across country in helping military members, families A man on a national mission By Don Babwln ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO When lawmakers in Louisiana and New York were looking for ways to help financially strapped reservists and National Guard members, they turned to a little-known little-known little-known Illinois official for help. When a rural Illinois couple's well ran dry while the husband was deployed in Iraq, the same man Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn found someone to drill another one. Since being elected in 2002, Quinn has emerged as one of the nation's leading advocates for military members, their families and veterans despite holding READ MORE Iraqi PM: We can live without U.S. Page A4 an office with little power and considered considered so insignificant that a couple of his predecessors simply quit. He has spearheaded efforts big and small, from establishing a fund to help families with living expenses to ensuring ensuring mothers of soldiers who die during service each receive a quilt all the while attending services for virtually SEE OUINNV BACKPAGE mi i IMIIIIM , . I ll I m Associated Press Lt. Gov. Pat Ouinn

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