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While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    The way it REALLY is

    Today I looked at this book at the local store. I was amazed. The book reminded me of the stories of the wives in WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE AND YOUNG. It also reminded me of my own emotions and experiences during my time as a military wife. I survived my husband's remote assignments to Viet Nam and Korea during his military career. These are indeed times that make or break any person. This is what is described in this book. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the other side of military life while sponsors are in war zones. It is a life that is indeed different from the one civilians imagine for us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006


    Journalist Kristin Henderson, wife of a military chaplain, has written a timely book about life on the homefront, the story -- or, more accurately, the stories -- of America's military families, the spouses and children whose husbands and fathers, wives and mothers, serve as part of our volunteer military. This beautifully written book left me in tears every few pages Henderson tells many stories here -- of marriages that grow, marriages that fail, a wounded soldier rebuilding his body with the help of his wife, a widow rebuilding her shattered life with the help of family, friends and her community. Henderson has a great talent for painting a detailed picture in shades of gray -- there is no black or white in these stories, no absolute right or wrong. When she documents the coming-apart of a relationship, Henderson puts herself into each partner's point of view. There are no villains, just people striving to do their best in what are often difficult and heartbreaking circumstances. These stories inspire compassion, and often pride and admiration of the service members, their spouses, and their families. Henderson incorporates much useful information concerning resources for military spouses and families, and includes many illuminating statistics without ever being dry or boring. WHILE THEY'RE AT WAR gave me a new appreciation for the sacrifices involved in a military career, sacrifices made both by service members and by the family members that love and support them. Many thanks to Henderson for telling an important story both we civilians and our leaders need to understand in evaluating the full costs of war to our society.

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