With American forces engaged in full-fledged war, families at home are left to watch, wait, and worry.
That's the case for Brigitte Drupiewski of Pueblo West. Her son, Hans, is a Staff Sergeant in the Army. He is stationed somewhere in the Middle East. "I don't know where he is. Last time I talked to him, I said, 'Where are you going?' He said, 'I can't tell you.'"
To get through this tough time, Brigitte is reaching out to others who are feeling the same anxiety. At military bases around the country, there are usually support groups for the wives or husbands who stay behind, but not the parents. Brigitte feels they need support too.
"My husband is trying to stay strong for me, but I know he's torn up. He says, 'I wish I could go take his place.' I know what's going on," Brigette says. Jerome Drupiewski knows because he also served in the Army.
Brigette now spends her days watching the latest developments. Her anxiety never goes away. "Oh, I've been crying. Oh, God, yeah. I start when I talk about it. It helps. It does help." For her, talking about her son brings some relief.
She wants to share that with others, so she's organizing a support group for moms, dads, brothers or sisters of a family member who is fighting in Iraq. "I'm sure there's a lot of moms and dads that don't have anyone to talk to, or cry on their shoulder. I want them to have somebody like that," she says.
The first meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 at the Southside Village Inn restaurant in Pueblo. That's at 1707 South Pueblo Boulevard.