Academic journal article Military Review

THE LONG ROAD HOME: A Story of War and Family

Academic journal article Military Review

THE LONG ROAD HOME: A Story of War and Family

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THE LONG ROAD HOME: A Story of War and Family, Martha Raddatz, New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2007, 307 pages, $24.95.

"Black Sunday, 1900 hours April 4,2004, Sadr City, Iraq. Where the light shone that evening, it illuminated only gore and the clenched faces of soldiers unaccustomed to pain."

So begins the tale of 2-7 Cavalry's 24-hour-long first battle during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family captures the bravery, courage, carnage, hope, despair, and determination of U.S. Soldiers fighting in Sadr City, Iraq. Martha Raddatz, chief White House correspondent and former senior national security correspondent for ABC News, humanizes those who fought and, just as important, their family members back in Fort Hood, Texas.

Raddatz emphasizes how important the home front is during wartime and points to the contributions made by family readiness groups (FRGs) and the incredible energy they produce. She brings out in painful detail how absolutely important it is for Soldiers and family members to update notification paperwork and contact information for use in an emergency. …

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