With Mom in Iraq, grandparents win their own badge of courage

TACOMA, Wash. _ "Good" "Nothing." "Good." The stateside half of a telephone conversation between 6-year-old Emma Tackett and her mom, Jeannette Tackett, who's in Iraq with the Washington state Army National Guard, leaves much to the imagination.

Like many kids her age, Emma is a girl of few words when she’s on the phone. She leaves most of the talking to her mom.

But there’s one message the kindergartner wants to deliver loud and clear.

"When are you coming back?" she asks her mom.

It’s a question every child of a deployed soldier wants to know.

It’s also one that grandparents such as Carolyn Burt of Tacoma must grapple with as they bear a double burden during a time of war.

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