Monday, May 25, 2015

PBS airs "The Homefront" episode about the strain of military deployments (mostly to the Mideast and Afghanistan) on families

PBS has a special Memorial Day documentary  episode of “The Homefront” at 9 PM most stations.  Tonight’s broadcast concerns the current war (and recent past) in Afghanistan, and (until recently) Iraq, during the Bush and Obama administrations.
The 2-hour special looks at the hardships of military families, such as economics and employment for spouses, and childcare, during repeated deployments, and then moves on to the grevious wounds and the effects of these on spouses. 
With an all volunteer force, repeated deployments (as demonstrated in the movie “Stop-Loss”) require even more sacrifice from military families. 
We don’t think about marriage that way very often, that an intimate relationship needs to continue, even after one partner is disfigured, which could be a female partner as well as male.
It then moved to the subject of illegal killings by soldiers.
Then it moves to the National Guard and reservists, who get deployed also, but who also mix civilian work with weekend maneuvers.
PBS has a series by this name, also “The Perilous Fight”, with other episodes covering World War II (link ).

In eighth grade (in 1957) I recall writing a term paper “The Home Front During World War II” in “General Education”.  I recall the material about rationing particularly. 
That’s history we shouldn’t forget.

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