A North Carolina woman who was recalled to the Army four years after being honorably discharged is braving the winter storm pounding the Southeast to report for duty, with her children by her side.

Lisa Pagan was driving to Fort Benning on Sunday, and said in a phone interview she hoped to reach the Georgia post by early evening.

Pagan is among thousands of former service members who have left active duty since the Sept. 11 attacks, only to be recalled to service. She appealed, arguing that because her husband travels for business, no one else can take care of her kids.

All were rejected, leaving Pagan with what she said was a choice between deploying to Iraq and abandoning her family, or refusing her orders and potentially facing charges.