Dwight Zimmerman, MWSA President & Reviewer
..".Veterans of any combat will recognize themselves in here. So will family members. Maybe seeing each other's stories in print will help bridge any divisions. For those that haven't been part of a similar story, this book will help you understand."
-Skip Rhode- Kindle Reader & Veteran
'"The Stan" holds nothing back - survivor's guilt, crisis of faith, war's negative effects families, veteran suicide, invisible wounds of war (PTSD and TBI), post-deployment career challenges - and offers powerful inspiration..."
- Hannah Becker - Paperback reader & Veteran spouse
* a young soldier on his first combat tour in Afghanistan react when Dad flies out on a medical plane?
* ole' Sarge react as he sees a smoke cloud of his Son's truck, victom of a Rocket Propelled Grenade, three kilometers down the road, with tracers, explosions, and under fire?
* wife and mother face husband's third tour and Son's first?
* what can a combat tour single mother do when followed home at night?
* nine year old Charlotte regain emotional attachment to Papa when he isn't Papa anymore?
* A Papa deal with loss of civilian and military careers, inability to provide for his family, and spiritual despair; Dale faces every disabled vet's question, "Who am I?"
Charlotte to Papa - "Will you come back?"
Josh to Dad while in Afghanistan - "Why would they send us where they know you'll be shot at?"
Dad to Josh - "This is our mission."
Karen to Husband - "Why would you go again?"
Private thoughts, therapy sessions, journal entries, and memories of our family of four offer a rare opportunity to experience deployment as we say goodbye, sacrifice for others, struggle inwardly, attempt to heal, and move on with life from differing, even opposing, perspectives. Observe unspoken emotions, hopes, and dreams common to military families.