Iraq violence rise takes toll on N. Carolina Guard families

Sometimes it's the phone chirping, sometimes the chime of e-mail on the computer that's switched on 24 hours a day with the volume as high as it will go. Bridgette Carroll has a National Guard husband in Iraq, and lately the stressful sounds of incoming news have made a tough life tougher.

Her husband, Shannon, is a sergeant with the N.C. National Guard's 1132nd Military Police Company. Violence has spiked again in Iraq, and in the past three weeks an extraordinary amount of it has fallen on the little unit of 120 soldiers. In two attacks, three were killed in action and nine wounded. Also, a New Hampshire Guard unit attached to the 1132nd had one soldier killed and five wounded.

News of such attacks reverberate through families back home.

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