From the last days of the Vietnam War to the present-day war on terrorism, this story is a moving and poignant tribute to love, marriage, family, and the men and women who serve this nation. In describing her thirty-three-year journey as an Army wife, Cody gives an in-depth look at what it takes to keep a marriage strong, raise a familyoftentimes as a single parentcreate a home, and face separations and loneliness amid the uncertainty and stresses that are so much a part of Army life.
Over the years, Cody learns to embrace the uniqueness of her circumstances, and she finds joy, self-fulfillment, and pride in her role. But when both her sons follow in their dad’s footsteps, becoming Army Aviators and flying Apache helicopters in combat zones in Afghanistan and Iraq, Cody faces her greatest challenges as a mother and again, must balance the needs of her family with her husband’s position. Full of humor and honesty, Army Wife brings the reader into Cody’s private life in a very personal way, and in doing so opens the lens for a broader view of world events.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Vicki Cody grew up in Burlington, Vermont and graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS degree in education in 1975. For the next thirty-three years she was an Army wife, supporting her husband in his career. While raising their two sons and moving all over the United States and overseas, she served as a coach and mentor for other Army spouses, and as an advocate for Army families.
Her first book, Your Soldier, Your Army: A Parents' Guide was published by the Association of the United States Army in 2005. Her articles have appeared in numerous military magazines and publications. This is her first memoir.
She and her husband of forty years live in the Washington, DC area.
Table of Contents
1 Burlington, Vermont 5
2 Wedding-Bell Blues… and a Thing Called Deployment 17
3 Educating Vicki, Brand-New Army Wife 22
4 Sweet Home Alabama 28
5 Were Having a Baby… and a Short Tour, Too! 36
6 Savannah, Georgia, 1979 44
7 Life Takes a Sharp Turn 49
Thoughts on Faith and Trust 58
8 A Fork in the Road 61
9 The Year We All Went to School 66
10 A Rendezvous with Destiny 76
Thoughts on Moving 85
11 Summer 1990. 90
12 Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm 100
Thoughts on Reintegration 109
13 The Best Year of Our Lives 114
Photo Insert 121
14 Welcome to Texas, Y'all! 137
15 A Time of Transition 144
16 The First Star 148
17 Washington, DC, 1999-2000 158
Thoughts on Just Being Me 164
18 A Final Rendezvous with Destiny 169
19 September 11, 2001 179
20 A New "Band of Brothers" 190
Thoughts on Deployments 201
21 Inside the E-Ring 205
22 Operation Iraqi Freedom 213
Thoughts on What Goes Around Comes Around 227
23 A Fourth Star 231
24 More Deployments 237
Thoughts on the Nature of the Business 248
25 The Last Chapter 253
About the Author 269
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Army Wife is a first hand look at what it really takes to be an Army Wife! Vicki Cody gives an in-depth look of her 33 years being married to a soldier, from their humble beginnings to the struggles she faced as she often raised their two sons by herself and the constant moving around the country. It's only when her two sons follow in their father's footsteps of flying Apache helicopters in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, that she faces her greatest challenge of being both a wife and mother to soldiers. This book is a well-written, first hand look at what it truly takes to be an Army wife. I loved everything about this book and how she told the truth about what really happens in the military life. Every emotion that Vicki felt during this journey comes out in this book and that to me, makes this book, a great book to read to understand more what this life is truly like. Thank You to Vicki Cody for sharing your story so others can finally understand what being a Army Wife is really like! I received this book from the BookSparks : The Magic Of Memoir Blog Tour in exchange for a honest review!