9 x 6, 348 p. paperback
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"Among these stories you’ll find shipbuilders and sailors, pilots, wild dogs, battles—both physical and emotional, misunderstandings, fistfights, and the wounds of unrequited love. There are parades and hurricanes, people getting high and some merely getting by, as well as the human sacrifices made, the losses endured, the hardships faced because of or in spite of some connection to the military. If you’ve served, you might recognize a couple of these characters, or their situations. Maybe you will relate to some because you’re just like them or because they served in the same place you did. If you’ve never served, but have had contact with someone who has, you may find similarities between a character here and a person you thought you knew. Each story is different in the way it approaches the lives of these individuals at certain points of the modern era, but each will entertain you, and challenge, and stay with you."
— from the Introduction, by Jeffery Hess, editor
Jeffery Hess served six years in the U.S. Navy aboard the fleet’s oldest and then newest ships. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. He's held writing positions at a daily newspaper, a Fortune 500 company, and a university-based research center. In addition to corporate publications and websites, his writing has appeared in a number of print and online journals. He lives in Florida where he's completing a novel and leads the DD-214 Writers' Workshop for military veterans.
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2009 Gold Metal Winner from the Military Writers Society of America!
SSgt Aaron D. Allmon II grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1995. He has served in Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and helped provide humanitarian relief after the tsunami in Indonesia and after earthquakes in Pakistan. His photographs can be found on the official web site of the U.S. Air Force (www.af.mil) and on Washington DC Metro train station walls. The cover photo of this book was taken on a very cold morning in Iraq before departing on a long foot patrol. SSgt Allmon is currently working for The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Cover photographer Staff Sergeant Ruth Pagan hails from Charleston, South Carolina and joined the Army in 1999. She serves with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Carson, Colorado, and has been deployed three times, to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
About the cover photograph, she says, “This picture was taken Christmas day. Our mission was to go by Chinook to about five different outlying forward operating bases and deliver duffel bags of goodies. The FOBs were very isolated so being able to bring our fellow soldiers these baked goods was a treat for us. The photo I was able to capture was at the end of the day and the guys were walking out into the field to wait on our Chinook to arrive.”
Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand
9 x 6 paperback, 280 pages
As editor Jeffery Hess states in his introduction, “Home of the Brave implies the American military. Somewhere in the Sand implies the desert conditions of both Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the mental state that the returning service members occupy periodically or perpetually once they return home.” These twenty-two works of fiction tell those stories and allow the reader to experience war, and peace (if it can be found) after war, from both perspectives.
Stories by David Abrams, Zoey Byrd, Caleb S. Cage, Jon Chopan, Paul Crenshaw, Tracy Crow, James R. Duncan, Roland Goity, Kevin C. Jones, Brooke King, Jack King, Fred Leebron, Court Merrigan, Joseph Mills, Thomas Vincent Nowaczyk, Kathleen M. Rodgers, Max Ruback, Brian Seemann, Paul Stroebel, Daniel Taylor, Jim Walke, Robert Wallace.