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(KSL News) -- The holiday season can be especially difficult for soldiers and families separated by war. Lance Corporal Jason Persinger is serving in Fallujah.
He was supposed to talk with his family today in our studio by satellite, but was called out on a mission instead. They were disappointed, but support Persinger and his efforts in Iraq.
Walt Schanuel: "It's difficult, but yet, we know that he's over there for a reason and we support him."
Jeanette Schanuel: "It's kind of lonely. I feel bad there has to be American soldiers over there fighting a war. I feel bad for all of the families, especially the families that have lost their loved ones. But I know it's a job that has to be done, and I support them."
The Schanuels say they're thankful to have Jason as part of their family. Their hope and prayer this Thanksgiving is that he comes home safely.