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Soldier Girls tell the true account of three women who served in the National Guard over a twelve year period, as they join the military, deploy overseas, and return back home. All three women enlisted before 9/11, and none anticipated lengthy overseas deployments. They represent three generations: One is a college student, one is a single mother with three children, and one becomes a grandmother during their first deployment. All struggle economically and the military offers a steady paycheck and a chance to prove their competence. The three bond while deployed together to Afghanistan. Two are then sent on a second deployment to Iraq, which proves far more difficult than their first tour. Despite their differences, the three women become close friends, and help each other through the overseas tours, as well as the difficulty of returning to their civilian lives. One sustains injuries when the truck she is driving hits an explosive device, blowing up the vehicle. She survives, but her friends become critical supporters as she learns to cope with PTSD. A moving nonfiction account of female friendship in extremis.

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