From Where I Stand: Flight #93 Pilot's Widow Sets the Record Straight

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The book serves as a reminder that we must never forget our vulnerability. The world has changed forever. The battlefield of war now encompasses every possible place that humanity touches. Read the book to experience a national tragedy. Read the book to remember.

A decade after September 11, 2001, the nation continues to mourn what was lost on that sunny Tuesday morning: nearly 3,000 lives, and the innocence of a nation that will forever be changed. The killing of Osama bin ...

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Overview

The book serves as a reminder that we must never forget our vulnerability. The world has changed forever. The battlefield of war now encompasses every possible place that humanity touches. Read the book to experience a national tragedy. Read the book to remember.

A decade after September 11, 2001, the nation continues to mourn what was lost on that sunny Tuesday morning: nearly 3,000 lives, and the innocence of a nation that will forever be changed. The killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011 may have been a victory for the country, but for the individuals who were deeply and directly affected by his actions, his death did little to end the nightmare.

LeRoy W. Homer, Jr. was the first officer and co-pilot of United Flight 93; en route to San Francisco the morning of September 11, the flight was diverted to Washington, D.C., before crashing into a deserted field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Had it not been for the heroic efforts of crew members such as LeRoy, the plane would have crashed into its intended target-the U.S. Capitol-destroying more lives and the symbol of a nation united.

Written by Homer's wife, Melodie, From Where I Stand chronicles the events of that singular day and the "new normal" that ensued: media calling for a quote every time a story broke related to September 11; raising children and celebrating their milestones while living with post-traumatic stress disorder; and standing up to LeRoy's employer, United Airlines. The last ten years have been a daily struggle, yet as Melodie proves in this ultimately uplifting journey, "there is a better future ahead."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936782741
  • Publisher: Langdon Street Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 955,883
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Melodie Homer is a nursing instructor and the widow of First Officer LeRoy Homer. The president of the LeRoy W. Homer, Jr. Foundation, an organization that supports and encourages young adults wishing to pursue aviation careers, she lives in New Jersey with her two children.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xi

1 Our Life Before 1

2 The Day 19

3 The Day After 31

4 In Memory 39

5 Bringing LeRoy Home 45

6 United Airlines 61

7 The Storytellers 83

8 The Cockpit Voice Recorder 97

9 Airline Safety 109

10 Broken Promises 127

11 First Anniversary 139

12 Hitting Bottom 147

13 Getting Help 161

14 Laurel 167

15 Changes 177

16 Lost Relationships 187

17 The Justice Department 193

18 Dealing with PTSD 199

19 Election Night 2008 209

Epilogue 215

Acknowledgments 223

Index 225

Sources 237

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    A tribute

    Mrs homer book was good and had alot of information regarding flight 93. I do agree that flight 93 did not get the coverage as ny or the pentagon. I was disappointed that she had a problem with lisa beamer and lisa's book. I think mrs homer forgot that lisa beamer also became a single parent on 9/11 and wanted to share her story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Not What I Expected

    I just finished this book and it was not what I expected! My heart breaks for Mrs. Homer and her children and I can't even imagine the pain they have endured since September 11, 2001. Unfortunately, this book seemed more about her anger and bitterness about how she was treated by United Airlines, the media, other 9/11 widows and their families for their decisions to display their grief through writing a book immediately or speaking to the media about the events that unfolded on flight United 93 that day, and even being angry at President Bush. Grief is something every person handles differently, and I hope this book has been a form of therapy for Mrs. Homer after all these years. It is evident she has endured so much pain. I am a military wife, and I remember that day all to well. My husband was deployed for a year, and I too was confused by what decisions we were making to find the people who attacked America that day, but I honestly feel the people we should blame and be angry at are the terrorist, not President Bush. I think he handled that crisis with grace and dignity, and brought everyone together during that difficult time. I agree that Leroy Homer, as well as the other 9/11 pilots, crew, other victims, and their families were NOT given the same respect as some of the victims were, but they all will always be heroes to me too. God Bless Mrs. Homer, her children, and everyone else who was affected by this horrible tragedy!

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