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Will the U.S. go to war in Syria?  That is the question many people in our area are asking, especially those who have loved ones with military ties.

President Obama is calling for military action in Syria.  Meanwhile, many people in our area are divided about whether or not the U.S. should go to war in Syria, some saying they believe it could lead to an even bigger war.

A chemical weapons attack killed more than 1,400 civilians, including at least 400 children in late August, and President Obama says Syrian President Bashar Assad is to blame.

"I don't think we ought to send any troops in.  If we're going to retaliate, do it from up in the air... drop something over there and get out," said Rod O'Dell.

O'Dell is one of a few people we spoke to at the Moose Lodge in Beckley.  People at the lodge support veterans.

"Nobody should be on foot... Obama should've made the decision on his own, I believe," said Marsha Walters.

The Syrian government is denying responsibility for the chemical weapons attack, saying rebels fighting to topple the government are behind the attack.

Penny Allen says she lost a dear friend in Afghanistan, so the issue hits close to home.

"Bring our troops from the proper spots they're in now and focus on what really matters like aftercare for veterans," said Allen.

Stay with 59News for the latest on this developing story.