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The Journal of Military Experience Perfect Paperback – 2011

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  • Perfect Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Eastern Kentucky University (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061545920X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615459202
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,521,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Americana Music Lover on April 26, 2011
This is a wonderful little book. Travis Martin, the editor, took a group of veterans who were enrolled in courses at Eastern Kentucky University, and gave them the opportunity to share their experiences with those who remained behind. The focal point of the journal is an art project. Veterans who were also students gathered to read--and then burn--the names of those who have died in the war on terror. From the ashes of those names, one of Mr. Martin's students (Foley) created charcoal drawings to represent the loss of innocence of young soldiers who are thrust into the midst of war. He exhibited the drawings, then asked his fellow vets to destroy them, offering an opportunity for a rebirth, an apt metaphor for the experience of young men and women who learned to navigate the treacherous waters in a country alien to their own. But they also must learn to re-enter a country that sent them to war without knowing--anymore than they did--what that war would ask. In Martin's own poem, a soldier looks at the experience of watching the loss of innocence in a young Iraqi boy, and his recognition that the boy's loss of innocence both mirrors and helps to precipitate the soldier's own. Here behind the relative safety of our own borders, we put magnetic ribbons on our trunk lids. We think we support the troops. But this collection offers us insight into the experiences of soldiers who may not be literary masters, but whose experiences come as close as we are likely to, to understanding what a great service is rendered by the beautiful young people who not only risk their lives, but their innocence, both to defend us and to prosecute wars in places most of us could not locate on a map of the world. We are in their debt. This is an opportunity to hear what they have to tell us.
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