Sleeping with Dog Tags

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Sleeping with Dog Tags tracks the emotional rollercoaster of a military spouse's year at home while her husband is deployed in Afghanistan. Central to her narrative is the conviction that while war is hell for the soldiers, it is also hell for family members manning the home front, and there are few supports for those left behind.

But, the story is also a love story. A story about two people meeting later in life after divorces and discovering...

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Sleeping with Dog Tags tracks the emotional rollercoaster of a military spouse's year at home while her husband is deployed in Afghanistan. Central to her narrative is the conviction that while war is hell for the soldiers, it is also hell for family members manning the home front, and there are few supports for those left behind.

But, the story is also a love story. A story about two people meeting later in life after divorces and discovering they are soul mates—despite their very different backgrounds. And it is the wisdom garnered from a life of experiences that feeds a very poignant, yet very self-aware, reflection on the challenges of dealing with the ever-present specter of death, the "my way or the highway" nature of the military, and the missteps of a strong woman treading the uncharted path of a military spouse. But, her humor and passion elevate the narrative. This is not a bitter or whiny piece of writing—angry at times, yes, sad too, and funny as well—but her objective is not to complain. Rather, she strives to offer some perspective on her experiences in the hopes that other military spouses will take some courage and confidence from the heartfelt reminiscences of a woman who got really tired of saying "good-bye."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781595718242
  • Publisher: Word Association Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/14/2012
  • Pages: 119
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    I really related to this book--all of the angst the author had d

    I really related to this book--all of the angst the author had during her husband's deployment to war was exactly what I felt. Reading this, I felt so much less alone, that I wasn't the only person struggling through the experience! I cried a lot during the book, feeling for the pain of loss this woman had endured even before her husband went to war, losing a child...and I could only imagine her terror in dealing with the threat of death coming close to home yet again. She demonstrated a wonderful sense of humor throughout the book, often self-deprecating. I respect that the author made it clear from the opening of the book that she was a novice regarding the military experience, and didn't claim to be the poster child for military wives, in fact, she was quite open in saying she was really clueless about what a tour would be like. What I didn't expect--what a nice love story the book had. I applaud any military family member willing to share his/her story and open him/herself to critique. The only critique I have: wish the book were longer and she shared more about the experience after war...but maybe we will be lucky enough to read the sequel?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This book took me back to my husband's deployment. It is truly how I felt during that time. Great book to read if you want the spouse's prospective.

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