Here at home, thousands of people in Michiana have loved ones that have either served in Iraq or are still there.
Many people have differing opinions on the course being taken. Tonight, many eyes will be watching what the President has to say. Some of the soldiers and Marines who've served so far have completed multiple tours of duty in Iraq.
Some think a gradual pullout is necessary, while other believe more troops are needed to finish what was started. Many, including military families, have differing opinions on what should be done in Iraq. It's been almost 4 four years and more than three-thousand men and women have died since the war in Iraq started.
The country remains divided over the course being taken. “We should find more diplomatic solutions, military solution should be the absolute last resort,” says Kathy Liggett. Since the Iraq war began, Liggett's 23-year old son has completed three tours of duty with the Marines.
Although she is proud of her son and the others serving, she believes the military should never have gotten involved in Iraq. “I am hoping to hear that there is a timetable for withdrawing the military from Iraq, that's what I’m hoping to hear, those are great expectations, because that is not what I believe I'm going to hear,” adds Liggett.
“Something has got to give, I know there is talk of more troops, I think that may be the route we need to go. I'm not sure our military can handle it,” says Arden Balmer. Balmer, whose son is also in Iraq, says the country should also think about the progess being made there.
“They are doing fantastic work, Company B has saved many, many lives. With the route clearance, right now they're making police posts and guard posts, making things safer for the Iraqi police to do their job,” adds Balmer. He admits that he's not completely sold on the idea of sending more troops. But he says no matter what, he hopes the country backs the men and women who are deployed.
“It's going to be a very difficult job and I remember Bush warned us when you fight terrorism, it's going to be a long drawn out process, maybe a never-ending process, I'm not sure,” says Balmer.