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  • By Linda Heusinkveld
    Jul 22, 2010
    Of course I have to rate this book 5 STARS because the author is my son and because it's real and honest. I didn't know what to 'expect' when he said he was writing a book about his war experience. Nobody ever really knows the path our lives will take, it's rarely what we 'expect'. When he volunteered to serve his country in the National Guard, I am sure Aaron's expectations were picturing himself assisting in a homeland 'crisis time' like Hurricane Katrina or assisting police officers at a college riot. Never did a real WAR enter into the conversation. I am very proud of his service to his country, for being the man I knew he would become and for having the courage to 'put it out there' in print. These words came from his heart with a simple honesty of life as it was at the Bu. I could write MY side of the story too, about being the mom of a soldier. Seeing the pain on the faces of my newlywed son and his new bride as they separated that day in Oct. for what would be over 15 months... More > of aloneness. Knowing I could do very little to make this easier for either of them. The webcam 'doorbell' would ring and we were fortunate enough to be awake in the 2 different time zones and I could see his face on my screen. I tried to be cheery and strong for him, but as I saw his face get thinner and more haggard over the days upon days, I'd walk away - not comforted, but more fearful. What effects was this service to our country going to cost us as his family? 'THAT DAY' in April when I got home from work, my husband told me to 'sit down' and said "he's ok" then proceeded to tell me about the bad attack on the prison. It rocked my world and my heart exploded in pain and fear and thankfulness all at once. Of course 'ok' is a relative term and now that I have read 'his side' of the story I know there ws more pain physically and emotionally than he let on. I know also that 'normal' is a relative term and that my son will continue to function in society to the best of his ability. He can still work and play and love his wife, family, and friends but with a new perspective and appreciation. So, read this book, understand that the life of the soldiers' isn't what we see on TV. In a couple of hours this book can take you 'there'. Support your troops with cards of appreciation. Support their families - a simple touch on the shoulder of a mom who is teary-eyed through the National Anthem at the 'rockets red glare' line. A hug to the father or the bride left behind. Honor your favorite veteran and if you don't have one of your own, we can find one for you... Thank you son, MY HERO from MOM< Less
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July 7, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
1.15 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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