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Local reservist going to Kuwait

Renee Shadforth
Courtesy photoJake Jacobs, shown here in military attire, is being deployed to Kuwait.
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For Clea Jacobs, watching her husband, Jake, leave for Kuwait is not going to be easy, but she’s trying to be as upbeat as possible.

“It’s hard to explain the feelings someone goes through sending someone off to war. I’m really trying to stay positive,” said Jacobs, sitting at her kitchen table in Glenshire.

Jacobs’ husband, a California Highway Patrolman for nine years, has been a reservist since he was in the Gulf War in the early ’90s. His time as a reservist was supposed to be up this June, but wartime stop laws will keep him in the military until June 2004.

In Kuwait, he will serve in a combat support unit as a military police officer. He will have a few days with his family before he leaves on March 15. Until March 7, he will be training at Fort Hunter Leggitt.

“My husband is a really good person. He really believes in what he is doing. That’s why I married him,” Jacobs said. “He’ll go, even if it means coming home in a casket. That’s just how he is.”

The couple has been married seven years. They also have a 5-year-old son.

“It’s tough, because my son is not going to have his dad for a year,” she said.

Jacobs, a nurse at Tahoe Forest Hospital, said her coworkers have been especially understanding during what has been an undeniably painful time.

A difficult part of watching her husband leave for Kuwait, she said, is not knowing anyone else in the same situation. Jacobs hopes she can find other families, also sending loved ones off to the Middle East, to form some sort of support group.

“I think it’s really important for families to get together,” she said. “Even if there are people who don’t have families, maybe we should locate them and send packages.”

If anyone in the Tahoe-Truckee area knows someone who is or will be sent to the Middle East, contact Clea Jacobs at cleamj@hotmail.com.