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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    ILLUMINATES WAR'S HIDDEN COSTS

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2015

    ~Kit~Fox~

    This is really good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2015

    I &star m &star k &star

    Hey &diams star &diams , he wasnt abusing them. HE WAS MURDERING THEM!! Anywhoo, seems pretty good! Can you read my story at 'hope'?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2015

    ✧&starf §<_>ŧ<_>д<_>я &starf✧

    Oh, it's that time. When the Jewish were being abused(I think) by Hitler.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2015

    Haunted ヨ<_>mmortal

    Good! I love it!!! I want to read more!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2015

    Life On the American Homefront~Prologue

    A/N~Thanks for all the characters. I will try to use them all. I will do my bes to make this as accurate as possible. Thi might not be th bet story ever, but l am trying my best. Enjoy! <p> August 17, 1940 <p> I was walking home from school with my friends. "I can't beleive what Hitler is doing." I said. <p> "Those poor Jews."Casey brushed a strand of black hair out of her eyes. "It's absolutly hoorible.." <p> Abigail nodded, but kept her pale blue eyes fixed on the side walk. She was a Jew, so it was probably harder on her than it was for the rest of us.. <p> "If the US ever enters the war, l am definitly going to enlist in the army." Robert boasted. <p> "You have to wait two years though." I pointed out. <p> "Aw pooh, Katie. I betcha l can pass for eighteen." <p> I heard Casey stifle a giggle. "I betcha that you could." She said. Her blue eyes had a dreamy look in them. Casey had had a crush on Robert since first grade. <p> "I think that l want to enlist in the Air Corps." A voice said from behind us. <p> We turned and saw Matthew Etkin following us. "Hi Matthew." I said, trying not to blush. Matthew had been /my/ cruh since first grade. <p> "Hi Katie." Matthew walked ext to Robert. "So you wanna join the army. Pfft. Air Corps is better." <p> "Is not. The army is composed of the greatest, bravest men. They don't hide away in the clouds, dropping bombs on people and flying away." <p> Matthew rolled his eyes and playfully pushed Robert. "I'm gonna be the best pilot in the whole squadron." <p> As the boys argued and boasted to each other, l tked with Casey and Abigail. "What ar you guys going to do if the US enters the war?" <p> Casey thought for a second. "I dunno. I guess l will hve to what and see what happensl" <p> "I think l'm going to become a nurse." Abigail quietly spoke up. <p> "A nurse, eh. I have to say that l'm with Casey. I'm just gonna wait and see what happens. Who knows. We might never enter the war. " <p> Little did any of us know that the US would be entering the war and that it would change us all. <p> &starf <p> There you go. I hope you like it. Sorry if it isn't historically accurate. I'm doing my best. Thank you. ~&#9680&#9689&#167&1085&alpha&delta&diams&psi&#9689&#9681

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