Captain Schug with his family

Lewiston Father of Five heads to Iraq

Andrew Schug age 37, leaves behind five children and his wife of 14 years and is heading off for his first tour in Iraq. The North Carolina National Guard has taken him out of his Idaho unit to deploy with them. The officials who activated him did their best to force him to sign a volenteer statement. But Andrew refused but in the end, he ended up signing something and writing on it that he is NOT volenteering. Other Guard members who were activated with him did end up signing the papers, they told him they felt they had to or they might get put in jail. I believed if asked, the Army National Guard would say that Andrew has volenteered when in fact he did not. He will be gone approximately thirteen months.

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Christi says ... on Thursday, Jun 11 at 12:19 PM

The bottom line is...if you sign up to be in the ANG, you run the risk of being deployed! It's common knowledge that the NG deployments are very long, most over 12 mo. We will pray for safety...and the strength of 14 yrs together will help you thru.

Maureen Jasak says ... on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:47 PM

You are a beautiful family and we pray for you daily! I hope this year flies by fast with true blessings to you and your family!

Jessi says ... on Monday, Mar 16 at 7:41 PM

I'm thinking of you and your kids and Andy and pray for his safe return! I'm sorry that he'll be going to Iraq, and I just pray for his safe return.

Amber Brotnov says ... on Wednesday, Mar 11 at 2:11 PM

Hi Lonya, I saw you at WOW today but hadn't heard yet about your hubby. So sorry to hear that he will be going to Iraq for so long! I will be praying for a safe return. Maybe Obama will get him home sooner. Praying for you too!

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