No Clear Favorite for Military Families in Election

Veteran McCain has support, but wars' toll pushes many toward Obama
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2008 1:56 PM CDT
An officer gives a ceremonial flag to Nitza Damaris Martnez, the widow of U.S. Army soldier Jason Nunez, during his funeral, at the military cemetery in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, April 4, 2007.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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(Newser) – Members of the US military and their families are looking to the November election to address the hardships of military life, but opinions vary as to which candidate will serve them best, the Boston Globe reports. John McCain’s vows to honor service—and promise of higher pay—have clear appeal, but so do Barack Obama’s goals of ending the Iraq war and reuniting families.

“I want my boys to know something other than chaos,” says the wife of a soldier on his second combat tour. But the Democrat makes some nervous: “I am a little scared about Obama,” says a sergeant who worries the candidate could shrink the military even as it wages two wars.