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Story of Idaho brothers in Iraq to air on CNN

Associated Press

BOISE – A television documentary that follows four Idaho brothers in the National Guard’s 116th Brigade Combat Team as they are deployed to Iraq is scheduled to be aired today on CNN.

“Brothers In Arms” relates the experience of a Pocatello family that includes five sons and a father who have served in Iraq. It follows Eric, Evan, Greg and Jeff Pruett during training with the 116th through their arrival in Kuwait and stationing in four different units in Iraq beginning in January.

Producer Alex Quaid said the yearlong project began when she met the father of the family, Leon Pruett of Pocatello, when he and another son, Eren, were returning from their yearlong deployment in Iraq as part of a firefighting unit.

“To have this many people in one family deployed, it’s interesting and inspirational to see the daily coping that occurs,” Quaid said.

The family is composed of children from previous marriages of Leon Pruett and his wife Tammy.

Leon Pruett said he agreed to let CNN cameras document the family’s experience at home and abroad to better demonstrate the positive effects the war in Iraq is having. But knowing that four of his sons are in harm’s way each day has been more difficult than his own tour of duty.

“It was easier for me to be mobilized and be deployed over there than it is to stay home and worry about what’s going on each day,” he said in a telephone interview Monday.

The hour-long documentary is scheduled to air on CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now.”

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