There seems to be no good news out of Afghanistan lately. The Taliban is gaining ground in the country while support for the war is waning back home in the U.S.
The drop in support comes as Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, warns the mission could fail unless even more troops and resources are added to the fight.
But in the midst of all the debate and uncertainty, morale of troops in the field remains unaffected.
"This is my third deployment to a combat zone," Marine Sgt. Ravi Berwa told CBN News. "We're making tremendous progress. You just think back to September 11 and it's all worth it."
Cpl. Jeffery Turner told us, "I definitely think it's worth it to be here - I myself answered the call again...I was in Iraq before, I worked with EOD, and now I'm back here."
"From the vantage point of a corporal in the Marine Corps, we're going to win this war by winning the hearts and minds of the people, and giving them some of the wonderful things that America takes for granted," he added.
Marines in Afghanistan are taking the fight to the Taliban on new battlegrounds. But while these operations have been largely successful, they have led to record American casualties - a fact that weighs heavily on the minds of politicians in Washington, D.C.
Despite the knowledge that this progress and other strategies to win in Afghanistan will take time, the troops CBN News spoke with all expressed a belief that winning is worth the cost.
"I believe that what I'm doing is very important to getting this war won," Lance Cpl. Mary Schloss told CBN News. "Maybe people don't agree with why we joined, but that's not the point anymore because we are here, and they need to support that."
"As far as I'm concerned, I look at those pictures of those who gave their lives and I can't look at their families and think of their memory and say this is not worth it. It has to be worth it now," she said.
CBN News Correspondent Chuck Holton recently returned from Afghanistan where he was embedded with the U.S. military. Holton appeared on the Thursday edition of The 700 Club to give his assessment of the situation on the ground as well as a peek inside the minds of U.S. troops.
Click play to watch the interview.
*Originally published October 1, 2009.