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Washington State woman with toddler called up for duty


Andrea DeGeus of Granite Falls holds her 14-month-old daughter, Abby, to comfort her Thursday. DeGeus, 21, enlisted in the Army Reserve while in high school, but had obtained a discharge. She has now been called up for duty because, to her surprise, she was placed into the Army’s Individual Ready Reserve. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

It’s still happening, though it’s not in the major media coverage much any more. (Herald.net):

“I thought I was discharged and done,” said Andrea DeGeus. Andrea DeGeus of Granite Falls holds her 14-month-old daughter, Abby, to comfort her Thursday. DeGeus, 21, enlisted in the Army Reserve while in high school, but had obtained a discharge. She has now been called up for duty because, to her surprise, she was placed into the Army’s Individual Ready Reserve. It wasn’t so simple.

DeGeus’ name was transferred into the Individual Ready Reserve, an administrative roster the Army plucks soldiers from during times of war. DeGeus, 21, is now struggling to get her Army orders changed. Her biggest worry is 14 months old.

“My daughter. That’s everything,” DeGeus said, referring to Abby, her toddler. “Not to mention we could lose our house. What are things going to be like after I leave my job?” DeGeus asked.

…The Army has issued 3,802 mobilization orders for soldiers in the IRR.

…Last week, DeGeus talked with Army officials about an exemption and is now gathering the paperwork the military needs to consider her request. She’s hoping the three weeks she has before she has to report for duty will be enough time to get it all together.

“I’m hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. That’s all I can do.”

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