By Marna Ashburn
#9329. Since combat operations began in October 2001, more than 2.1 million U.S servicemembers have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and over half of them were married. Marriage During Deployment, a memoir about a military family during wartime deployment, offers a window into the home life and emotional world of a military family during deployment.
During her husband’s Army deployment to Afghanistan, Marna Ashburn shows the mother handling everything – teaching the child to drive, attending little league games and school events solo, fixing broken dishwashers and cars, and celebrating holidays without dad. Marriage During Deploymentdepicts how the children and mother cope during the absence of their military member and how they stay connected to him while he is 6,000 miles away from them.
But while families try to stay connected during deployment, it can certainly be tough on them, and even tougher on the relationship. The truth is that geographical distance allows habits and coping mechanisms to fall away, revealing some long-ignored issues. In the end, this book becomes a meditation on marriage, relationships, and identity, prompting the reader to question whether the couple can survive the life-changing year of deployment.
While providing you with an honest portrayal of resilient kids and a can-do military wife, Marna Ashburn also reveals the hidden costs of Army service.
158 pages. Hardcover. 2017. PRICING: $37.00 for a single copy. QUANTITY SPECIALS: 10 copies for $349.95; 100 copies for $3,199.00.