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a battlefield where every mound of dirt and anthill could conceal the most
cowardly instrument of destruction. Where these heroes serve, each step
brings with it the danger of losing life and limb to an improvised explosive
device (ied).
North's latest entry in the series, "American Heroes on the Homefront,"
takes the reader not only to the battlefields where the insidious threat of
improvised explosive devices hangs heavy and ever-present, but also brings
us back home to u.s. soil and broadens the definition of heroism. Each
chapter of the book introduces us to a u.s. military hero who has sacrificed
legs, arms, fingers-even their very lives-in service to country. Each chapter
also introduces us to a hero of a different sort: the loved one back home-the
wife, husband or child who supports the hero while in service overseas, and
then continues to support the often broken body that returns home.
Here you'll read the heroic story of u.s. Marine Brian Meyer, a skilled
explosive ordnance disposal (eod) tech, and his young wife, Jesseca. While
Brian was deployed to Afghanistan, Jesseca kept in almost constant contact.
Having lived with Brian in a home just outside Camp Pendleton among
other young couples with a breadwinner in the eod trade, Jesseca knew full
well the danger Brian faced on a daily basis in Afghanistan. That knowledge,
however, in no way lessened the shock that coursed through Jesseca's mind
and body when she received a call at 8 o'clock one morning-the call that
every military spouse dreads. Brian had been seriously injured while working
to disable an ied in Afghanistan's Helmand province. He ultimately lost his
right leg above the knee, his right arm below the elbow, all but two fingers on
his left hand and his eardrums were blown out.
His spirit, however, was not broken-nor was that of his wife, Jesseca. She
sat by his bedside as he recovered at the National Naval Medical Center in
Bethesda, Md., and she remains by his side today as he continues to mend.
North writes: "Jesseca entered the marriage with the idea that it was a lifetime
commitment, not just a renewable contract with an opt-out clause. ... She is
still madly in love with the Brian Meyer she married on May 29, 2010. He may
be missing a few limbs, but his heart and mind remain the same. ... The love
of his devoted wife will help him conquer the 'annoyances' and the inevitable
challenges facing this Wounded Warrior."
The story of Brian and Jesseca Meyer is but one of many told in the
pages of "American Heroes on the Homefront." Each chapter tells of a
service member's heroism displayed in combat. Some lose limbs; some lose
their lives. But all have a hero back home-a support group of spouses,
children, parents and friends that shares in the sacrifice of these American
military heroes.
Compassionately written and beautifully illustrated with more than 200 photos,
North's book is a tribute to those who serve without fear in the face of constant
grave danger. They serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, wearing the uniforms of the u.s.
Marines, the u.s. Army and the u.s. Navy. And they serve right here in the United
States as military spouses and young children, wearing the garb of civilians while
offering constant support, encouragement and undying love to those who give all
to defend American freedom. Whether warfighter or homemaker, all are heroes in
the truest sense of the word.
"American Heroes On The Homefront"
By LtCol Oliver North
Simon & Schuster, Inc.,
Hardcover,  pps
. plus s&h
Available from olivernorth.com and most major booksellers


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