War drawdowns wreak havoc on Guard soldiers' lives

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | November 28, 2011 | 3:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The cascading effects of the Obama administration's decision to pull thousands of soldiers out of Iraq and Afghanistan are rippling through the National Guard.

Nearly 9,000 Army National Guard soldiers have been either sent home early from the warfronts, or were told that the Pentagon's plans to send them to battle have been shelved or changed.

As a result, U.S. military and Guard leaders are scrambling to find new missions for many of the soldiers.

Demetries Luckett is one of them. He turned in his cable box, sent his daughter to live with her mother, put his life on hold and traveled to Camp Shelby in Mississippi to prepare to deploy.

Now he's unemployed and back in Michigan because the Army decided that Uncle Sam didn't need him after all.