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Before running the district cross country meet at Chamizal National Memorial Park, senior Brandon Nelson speaks with his mother.

Before running the district cross country meet at Chamizal National Memorial Park, senior Brandon Nelson speaks with his mother.

Before running the district cross country meet at Chamizal National Memorial Park, senior Brandon Nelson speaks with his mother.

Before running the district cross country meet at Chamizal National Memorial Park, senior Brandon Nelson speaks with his mother.


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Before running the district cross country meet at Chamizal National Memorial Park, senior Brandon Nelson speaks with his mother.

Before running the district cross country meet at Chamizal National Memorial Park, senior Brandon Nelson speaks with his mother.

The Ebola outbreak has spread fear across the country ever since it has been found in Dallas on September 30. Because of the arrival of Ebola, President Obama is sending the National Guard and Army to fight this epidemic. The pentagon estimated about four thousand troops will be sent.

This shock hit Brandon Nelson, a senior cross country runner, when he was told his mother might be sent to Africa.

His mother, a soldier at Ft. Bliss, said that she would be receiving and administering blood given to patients during the mission. The mission is not confirmed, and the details have not been released as to where, when, or how long they will be there.

The Nelson family, however, is under turmoil about this situation. Nelson’s mother said her “family will be stressed out and worried.”

Brandon’s friends, including those on his cross country team, are also very worried about him and his family.

“I think it will affect him positively,” junior Kellie Starr-Price said. “I think it will make him push; give him a reason to keep working.”

Criticism of the mission has risen on base as well.

“I don’t think the military should be going for this kind of situation,”  Nelson’s mother said,

She, along with many other critics, hoped the Red Cross or other more experienced personnel would be going instead.

Her biggest goal, once there, is to “not get sick.” Her friends and family feel the same way.

“It’s tough having to go through something like that. She is going to miss a lot of big things, but I hope it brings them closer together as a family,” Kelly said.

Despite her opinion of the mission, she said she would obey her orders.

“I’m kind of scared. I just hope she doesn’t get sick,” said Brandon Nelson. “I’ve never been without my mom so it’s scary.”

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