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While They're At War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront
     

While They're At War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront

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by Kristin Henderson
 

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ISBN-10: 0618773452

ISBN-13: 2900618773458

Pub. Date: 11/03/2006

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Many Americans will never experience the gut-wrenching act of sending a loved one off to war, or the joy and stress of welcoming him or her home. Still less known to most of us are the anxiety-ridden moments between these two scenes, the day-to-day reality of life in a military family when a loved one is deployed in a combat zone. While They're at War takes us

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Many Americans will never experience the gut-wrenching act of sending a loved one off to war, or the joy and stress of welcoming him or her home. Still less known to most of us are the anxiety-ridden moments between these two scenes, the day-to-day reality of life in a military family when a loved one is deployed in a combat zone. While They're at War takes us inside hearts and homes to illuminate the unseen aspects of this critical American story.

We meet two very different women, Marissa Bootes and Beth Pratt, both newlyweds experiencing life alone at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, while their husbands are fighting in Iraq. Through the extraordinary stories of these and other military spouses, Kristin Henderson reveals the overwhelming effects of separation -- from fears of death to worries about financial stability and marital fidelity. She also explores the official and unofficial support systems that strain to help homefront families endure some of their greatest challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900618773458
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/03/2006
Pages:
330

Table of Contents

1Welcome to the Sisterhood1
Part ILeaving Home
2The Waiting9
3Uncle Sam Wants You16
4Preparing for Goodbye40
5Green Ramp57
Part IIThe Homefront
6The Knock at the Door65
7Connections89
8Live from Fallujah112
9Different Planets121
10Honorary Sisters139
11Dreamland149
12Pigeons in the Desert160
13Hitting the Wall185
14Peace Also Takes Courage206
Part IIIComing Home
15Back to Green Ramp225
16The War at Home252
17The Real News278
18The Terrible Relief292
Selected Sources305

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While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Today I looked at this book at the local store. I was amazed. The book reminded me of the stories of the wives in WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE AND YOUNG. It also reminded me of my own emotions and experiences during my time as a military wife. I survived my husband's remote assignments to Viet Nam and Korea during his military career. These are indeed times that make or break any person. This is what is described in this book. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the other side of military life while sponsors are in war zones. It is a life that is indeed different from the one civilians imagine for us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Journalist Kristin Henderson, wife of a military chaplain, has written a timely book about life on the homefront, the story -- or, more accurately, the stories -- of America's military families, the spouses and children whose husbands and fathers, wives and mothers, serve as part of our volunteer military. This beautifully written book left me in tears every few pages Henderson tells many stories here -- of marriages that grow, marriages that fail, a wounded soldier rebuilding his body with the help of his wife, a widow rebuilding her shattered life with the help of family, friends and her community. Henderson has a great talent for painting a detailed picture in shades of gray -- there is no black or white in these stories, no absolute right or wrong. When she documents the coming-apart of a relationship, Henderson puts herself into each partner's point of view. There are no villains, just people striving to do their best in what are often difficult and heartbreaking circumstances. These stories inspire compassion, and often pride and admiration of the service members, their spouses, and their families. Henderson incorporates much useful information concerning resources for military spouses and families, and includes many illuminating statistics without ever being dry or boring. WHILE THEY'RE AT WAR gave me a new appreciation for the sacrifices involved in a military career, sacrifices made both by service members and by the family members that love and support them. Many thanks to Henderson for telling an important story both we civilians and our leaders need to understand in evaluating the full costs of war to our society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good! I love it!!! I want to read more!!!!!!!!!!