Wednesday, October 7th, 7:00pm -- Stacy Bannerman, Author of "Homefront 911: How Families of Veterans Are Wounded by Our Wars "
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Orca Books is proud to welcome author and activist Stacy Bannerman to the store on this October evening. Stacy will be discussing her upcoming book "Homefront 911: How Families of Veterans are Wounded by Our Wars".
"The hallmarks of America's War on Terror have been repeated long deployments and a high percentage of troops returning with psychological problems. Family members of combat veterans are at a higher risk of potentially lethal domestic violence than almost any other demographic; it's estimated that one in four children of active-duty service members have symptoms of depression; and nearly one million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan require increased care due to physical or psychological trauma. But, despite these staggering trends, civilian America has not been mobilized to take care of the families left behind; the American Homefront, which traditionally has been rallied to support the nation's war efforts, has disappeared.
In "Homefront 911" Stacy Bannerman, a nationally-recognized advocate for military families, provides an insider's view of how more than a decade of war has contributed to the emerging crisis we are experiencing in today's military and veteran families as they battle with overwhelmed VA offices, a public they feel doesn t understand their sacrifices, and a nation that still isn t fully prepared to help those who have given so much.
Bannerman, whose husband served in Iraq, describes how extended deployments cause cumulative, long-lasting strain on families who may not see their parent, child, or spouse for months on end. She goes on to share the tools she and others have found to begin to heal their families, and advocates policies for advancing programs, services, and civilian support, all to help repair the broken agreement that the nation will care for its returning soldiers and their families."
"Stacy's bravery and honesty in sharing her experience as the spouse of an Iraq War veteran with PTSD and a TBI, and her extensive interviews and research on the high cost being paid by thousands of families caring for our newest generation of combat veterans, should be required reading for all who have the power to send US troops to war." Belle Landau, executive director, Returning Veterans Project
"Homefront 911" is a stunningly comprehensive examination of what war does to the families of the warriors. Seamlessly weaving together firsthand accounts from military families, veterans' caregivers, and clinicians and emerging research in attachment theory, trauma, and epigenetics, threading it with her achingly personal narrative, Stacy Bannerman has created a defining work on the casualties of war at home. She challenges the definition and understanding of service-connected injuries and returning veteran violence, offering innovative solutions that span the spectrum from the personal to the political. This singular book is both a call to arms to help the families of veterans, and a call to this country's moral compass to end America's endless wars." Thom Hartmann, Number 1 progressive radio talk show host in the United States and "New York Times" bestselling author