by Angel Booth
Living in post 9/11 America, war has become a constant. Today’s 8 year-old has never lived a day during peacetime. And as our nation reflected on Veteran’s Day, which this year came in the center of two wars and just six days after a horrific rampage at the Army’s Fort Hood in Texas, the toll war takes on military families has struck the nation sharply.
“No one pays a higher price for our freedom than members of our nation’s military and their families. As sons and daughters, husbands and wives, and mothers and fathers are deployed, military families endure with exceptional resilience and courage,” read Pres. Obama last month when he proclaimed November 2009 Military Family Appreciation Month. “This month we celebrate the tremendous contributions of military families, convey to them our deepest respect and appreciation, and recommit ourselves to their support.”
In an effort to talk candidly about the military, co-authors Kimberly Seals-Allers and Pamela McBride, have come together to introduce “The Mocha Manual to Military Life” (HarperCollins, $14.99), an informative guide to life as a military spouse, girlfriend or service woman. It’s the third book in the Mocha Manual series.