When the War Came Home: The Inside Story of Reservists and the Families They Leave Behind

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In the ongoing war on terror, record numbers of Army National Guard reservists are being deployed overseas; more than 400,000 to date have been ordered into action. Nearly one fifth of them had already served their commitment to the U.S. Army, but through President Bush's stop-loss order, they have been forced to remain in Active Duty. Most of these reservists never thought they'd see war; some are blatantly opposed to it. Almost none are prepared for it; many are dangerously ill-equipped mentally, physically, ...

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Overview

In the ongoing war on terror, record numbers of Army National Guard reservists are being deployed overseas; more than 400,000 to date have been ordered into action. Nearly one fifth of them had already served their commitment to the U.S. Army, but through President Bush's stop-loss order, they have been forced to remain in Active Duty. Most of these reservists never thought they'd see war; some are blatantly opposed to it. Almost none are prepared for it; many are dangerously ill-equipped mentally, physically, and emotionally to wage war. They leave steady jobs and established careers, and they leave behind wives, husbands, partners, and families.

Stacy Bannerman is one of those left behind. When the War Came Home chronicles a jourbaney that began when Stacy's husband Lorin, a forty-three-year-old Sergeant First Class who had never thought he'd be asked to wage war, was called to active duty as an Infantry Mortar Platoon Sergeant in October 2003 and remained on the front lines until spring 2005. When the War Came Home is Stacy's personal account of the emotional impact and oft-unreported realities of her home front experience during that time, something shared by thousands of reservists; spouses and partners.  Unlike many of those others, Stacy has the singular viewpoint of being a high-profile career peace activist who ultimately finds herself at odds with her husband fighting on the front lines of Iraq. Stacy's voice and experience bridge the unique and the universal in a no-holds-barred memoir of war and of fighting for peace.

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Emily Yellin
Bannerman is a career peace and human rights activist, whose husband, Lorin, a sergeant in the National Guard, was called up to serve in Iraq. She uses the challenges the couple face in reconciling his war work with her peace work as a focal point of When the War Came Home. And she makes important points, such as showing that the most passionate activism against this war is not on college campuses but in the households of those with the most at stake, the primarily blue-collar military families. Yet Bannerman is strongest when she sticks to her own feelings of anger, frustration and heartache at her husband's absence.
— The Washington POst
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826417954
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/8/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,338,601
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacy Bannerman lives in Seattle. She is a high-profile career peace activist as well as a founder/executive director of Reconciliation Works in Washington.

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Table of Contents

1. He Got the Call Today
2. Home for the Holidays
3. Countdown to D-Day
4. A Flag and a Prayer
5. Collateral Damage
6. The Long Summer Season
7. Conflict of Interest
8. Halfway Home
9. The Politics of Peace
10. Acceptable Losses
11. All I Want for Christmas
12. Keeping the Truth
13. Bring Them Home Now, and Take Care of Them When They Get Here
14. I Got the Call Today

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