The Son in Our Eyes [NOOK Book]

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Damon is a typical, 8 year-old military “brat,” whose father has gone to war in Iraq. Safi is a Kurdish girl who lives on the edge of a war zone. This story brings together the people who have personally touched their lives and chronicles the contributions that they made themselves.
Damon lives in Colorado Springs and waits for his father to come home, but he finds that things do not return to normal when his father, a Special Forces soldier, steps back into his family’s lives....
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The Son in Our Eyes

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Overview

Damon is a typical, 8 year-old military “brat,” whose father has gone to war in Iraq. Safi is a Kurdish girl who lives on the edge of a war zone. This story brings together the people who have personally touched their lives and chronicles the contributions that they made themselves.
Damon lives in Colorado Springs and waits for his father to come home, but he finds that things do not return to normal when his father, a Special Forces soldier, steps back into his family’s lives. Upon returning from the war in 2003, Damon has to reconnect with his father while trying to prepare to move back to Germany. Damon finds that his father is angry and frustrated with everything around him, and his family takes the brunt of it. In an attempt to reconcile one night, Damon and his father talk about the operations and frustration in Northern Iraq and Damon suggests ways to solve some of the difficulties in the remote villages.
Damon and his father make a proposal to assist a large village. Damon shows his courage and savvy in front of the Colorado Springs Executive Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and City Council. Effectively, they lead local businessmen, private citizens, and city politicians to assist in the partial reconstruction of Iraq.

Safi looks after her Papa’s goats in the Kurdish Autonomous Zone (the “KAZ”) of Northern Iraq. During Saddam’s reign, Safi’s mother was taken away as a dissident and her brother was killed by a land mine, which also crippled her father. She finds hope when her father offers shelter to the US Special Operations Officer, who becomes a hero to their village.
Through the opening days of the war in the North, Safi witnesses first-hand the impact of the US Special Operations presence in the KAZ and the destruction wrought upon the Iraqi military. While television crews well-documented the war as “the race to Baghdad,” more than 75% of Saddam’s forces were held in check in the North by small, effective members of the Joint Special Operations Task Force – North (code named: Task Force VIKING) and the Kurdish Peshmerge militia. This story demonstrates it through the eyes of a child.

The impacts of the war are not only measured in the casualties and destroyed pieces of equipment, but in the effects on human life. This story of the war and its affects on two families traces the ties that will forever bind the US military with the Kurdish people in the North.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012673084
  • Publisher: AISG
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Author’s note: This work of historical fiction, based in fact, is a way to demonstrate counterinsurgency for kids. DJ and I began this manuscript a few months after I returned from the war in Iraq in 2003 when we found that I was still distant from my son, Damon Joshua. We still shared a name and liked to do “guy stuff” but we lost our father-son connection. This was an attempt to look at the world through his eyes and remind him: heroes and villains are all around us, but sometimes they are hidden. I presented this manuscript to DJ in its final draft form shortly before my second Combat tour in Iraq in 2004. Revision and publication was delayed as I returned to Iraq in 2005-2006 and again in 2009-2010. Until now, only one other family has seen this manuscript.

LTC Joshua Potter
November 20, 2010
Baghdad, Iraq
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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Fantastic Read for me and my son

    My son misses his dad (who is on another overseas deployment), so, I bought this book for him. I didn't know if it would be appropriate (I worried it may be too mature for him - he is only 11). But the book was perfect! The story was written by a Soldier and his son during a deployment, who shared some scars. I was suprised that my son (who is normally very reserved) reacted to the story. We actually had real conversations about what he was thinking about and why his daddy had to leave to fight so far away. Thank you for writing this - helped more than you will ever know.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Not bad for our first attempt

    When my father and I first began drafting this book, I was about 8 years old. It was a way for my father and I to connect with each other on a deeper level. However, as it evolved and progressed, this book became something that I could be proud of. The perspective of a military brat is one that is often overlooked and neglected. This story adequately portrays the interpretation and appearance of the events that unfold through the eyes of a military child. Although some parts are a bit rough at the edges, I feel that it was a fine job for our first attempt.
    A follow-up is in the works, showing the progression in awareness and understanding as I grew from young child to young adult.
    Cheers!

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