The Long Way Home
One Mom's Journey Home From War
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
My name is Jessica Scott. I am a soldier. I am a mother. I am a wife.
In 2009, Army second lieutenant Jessica Scott deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. She thought deploying was the hardest thing she'd ever do.
She was wrong.
This is the story of a mother coming home from war and learning to be a mom again. This is the story of a lieutenant making the grade and becoming a company commander. This is the journey of a writer persevering through a hundred rejections. This is the story of a soldier learning to be a woman again. This is the story of a wife waiting for the end of a war.
This is the journey as it happened, without commentary.
This is her blog. There are many blogs from the Iraq war, but this one is hers.
The Long Way Home
I read and enjoyed To Iraq and Back, and was very happy to learn the story would continue in The Long Way Home.
Ms. Scott has brought us with her practically every step of the way on her journey. Never did I imagine how hard the trip would be to return to children, home and every day life.
The media shows pictures of men and women hugging their loved ones, everyone in tears saying their good byes. They also show triumphant pictures of those same men and women returning to open arms and now happy tears. What we don't know is what's really happening to our soldiers on their return to " normality". The author gives a peek into this mystery.
It was so heartwarming to hear her speak of the respect owed to our Viet Nam veterans , who returned to no waving flags or bands playing. My husband is a Viet Nam veteran. Ms. Scott I thank you for your recognition of these honorable men.
When I read Because of You I loved it. Two scarred individuals finding each other and healing. It was very impressive to read the heart and soul, sweat and tears she put in her joy of writing. You could feel the excitement in her " voice" telling us about her second trip to RWA. Not only that, but gave us tips on make up, shoes, and even where to get business cards!
I was fascinated by this journey of wife, mother and soldier. I laughed, cried, and realized this was something that I could never have done. It doesn't matter your career, leaving your children, your home , and walking into a situation that can cause your death, or the death of your husband is for most of us, beyond our comprehension. She went sadly but proudly, willing to do her duty for the country she loved.
The total journey ends on a joyous note. Her husband is home, not going back and it's Christmas time.
I have said it many times, and say it with my heart and soul. Thank you for your service Jessica Scott.
Could Not Put It Down
I had no idea who Jessica Scott was. I downloaded the book, started reading it this morning and could not put it down. My family is a military family. I am the one who did not serve -- Viet Nam era girl, so.... I am the passivist and could not understand or relate to any of my brother's or cousin's or parents' military careers. This book has given me an understanding I could never hope to have. On top of it, I heartily agree with almost everything she says! Wonderful book! I'm going to read more of her books.