June 11, 2008

Book Review - When the War Came Home

When the War Came Home: The Inside Story of Reservists and the Families they Leave Behind
Stacy Bannerman
DS 79.764 .U6 B36 2006

Bannerman brings attention to the oft-forgotten role that Reservists play in the actions of the United States Military. Based on her own personal feelings and experiences, Bannerman explores the challenges of Army Reserve personnel kept in active duty status by the administration's stop-loss order, yet unprepared physically and mentally to wage war. She discusses the internal conflict of these troops, many of whom never expected to fight, as well as those of their families who are forced to make many sacrifices even though they may be, like herself, opposed to war. This book will help military families realize that they are not alone and that others share their feelings and frustrations. It should also be read by those who aren't involved with the military, however, so that society at large understands and appreciates the loyalty and sacrifices made not only by service men and women, but also by their families.