Operation Homecoming

Operhomecomingation Homecoming:  Iraq, Afghanistan, And the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops And Their Families by Andrew Carroll. New York : Random House, c2006.  note: a second edition was published in 2008.

DS79.76 .O634 2006

The result of a major initiative launched by the National Endowment for the Arts to bring distinguished writers to military bases to inspire U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and their families to record their wartime experiences. Encouraged by such authors as Tom Clancy, Tobias Wolff, and Marilyn Nelson, American military personnel and their loved ones wrote candidly about what they saw, heard, and felt while in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as on the home front. Included are short stories, eyewitness accounts, private journals, short stories, and letters.

Read several excerpts published in The New Yorker here:


Includes: Ryan Kelly – A Quick Look at Who is Fighting this War,  Edward ‘Parker’ Gyokeres – Camp Muckamungus, Edward W. Jewel M.D – Life on the USNS Comfort, Donna Kohout – The Land of Abraham, Richard Acevedo – The Outsider, Timothy J. Gaestel – What’s Going On Over Here, Lisa R. Blackman – Alarm Red,  Tina M. Beller – The Smell of Fresh Paint, Ed Hrivnak – Medevac Missions, and Brian Humphreys – Veterans.

Plus these found on the PBS site:

Colby Buzzell
Men in Black  

Edward ‘Parker’ Gyokeres
Camp Muckamungus 

Sangjoon Han


Ed Hrivnac
Medevac Missions

Jack Lewis
Road Work

John McCary’s
To the Fallen

Mike Strobl:
Taking Chance

Brian Turner
Here, Bullet
What Every Soldier Should Know