Wounded Marine's Family Says Bring All Troops Home

By John W. Davis

June 22, 2011 Updated Jun 22, 2011 at 10:53 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The family of a 20-year-old Fort Wayne Marine who lost both of his legs in the war in Afghanistan, shared their feelings Wednesday night, about President Barack Obama's plan to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by Summer 2012.

Indiana's NewsCenter watched President Obama's address with Long's family at their home in Fort Wayne.

Brandon's mom Lisa Long never took her eyes of the TV during the speech.

Afterwards, she questioned whether most of the 33,000 troops would be pulled from what she called the danger zone in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

"I agree that we need to build our nation and take our men out. We can only do so much," said Brandon's Mom Lisa Long.

"So I think that us over there trying to build their country and make it secure and operate the way our country does is a dream," continued Lisa Long.

"I think that to an extent we can accomplish that but I don't think that we're going to accomplish that in the time that we've got or ever," explained Lisa Long.

Brandon dad Floyd Long was also glued to the broadcast as he sat next to his wife on their living room sofa.

Long's father reflected that President Obama needed to keep all the promises he made Wednesday night.

Long was especially adamant about President Obama's promise of continued care for wounded soldiers like his Brandon.

Brandon was supposed to Skype video chat with us during President's Obama address but he was not feeling well Wednesday night.

However, Floyd Long said his son shared his feelings on troop withdrawal with him earlier that day via text message.

"(Brandon's) response to me was that it's really good and it's great but he said it's just not enough," said Brandon Dad's Floyd Long.

"I asked him what he meant by that and he just left it at that. I mean it's kinda of a touchy subject for him," explained Floyd Long.

Floyd Long agreed with his wife Lisa, both said 33,000 troops was a good start but the sooner all troops come home the better.

Floyd also said he is looking forward to the day Afghan forces can carry on the fight without American soldiers.

Meanwhile, Brandon's mom said her son is back in Washington DC undergoing more rehab.

Brandon left Fort Wayne on Monday, after spending the past two weeks at home with family and friends.

He spend two of those days at home being honored by local officials with two separate "Brandon Long Days."

Brandon's parents said he is looking forward to coming home again for Christmas.




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