And OMG…reading the comments I see that this is your nonfiction. Wow. It’s amazing that you could put this story into words given how close it hits to home. I am devastated by how accurately you captured how war destroys all involved, the soldiers who live, the soldiers who die, the people who love them, the countries that forsake them.
I’ve taught a lot of vets…their pain often so deeply suppressed and they all have so many stories like these to tell. The truth is, they both were abused LJ and Peggy; and you have done an extraordinary job of giving voice to and making sense of all of it. Your mom is in my prayers. Things will work out. Please tell her they will and now she is free.