This week marks the 3 year anniversary since I came home from Iraq. It’s hard to belive it’s been that long. I can still remember the empty sound of my house that first night home. I remember standing on the field, watching one of my buddies scoop up his little girl who rushed to the formation. I remember my long time mentor and friend helping me jump off my truck to make sure it would actually start the next morning.
It was strange, coming home. I ran a gamut of emotions and did so for a long time after I stepped off of that bus onto the field. Deploying to war changed the way I look at things. I look back on those blog posts and think, wow, I should have gotten my ass handed to me. But I’ve grown since then. Still, it’s part of the journey I felt needed to be captured and shared, so I pulled it together and made a book out of them.
To mark the occasion of my 3 years home from war, TO IRAQ AND BACK, my journey through the war and home again is out this week. It’s available exclusively from Amazon and it’s kindle only right now BUT I will have it available in print, hopefully before the end of the year.
Here’s the blurb:
In 2009, Army second lieutenant Jessica Scott deployed…to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. It was a year of many firsts.
This is the first person journey through a combat tour in Iraq, through being a woman in the army and learning to be an officer in the unforgiving environment of a brigade combat team. This is the journey of a writer, learning to find her voice.
This is the journey of a mother, confronting the emotions of leaving her children. This is the story of an inexperienced lieutenant, growing into a leader. 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.
I hope you’ll check it out and join me for the fun all over again.
I hope you’ll check it out and go through the journey with me, all over again. It’s how I got started as a writer. How I learned to live without my kids. How I grew up as an officer.
Here’s the link.