Soldier Girls documents the lives of three women who serve in the National Guard over a twelve year period as they join the military, deploy overseas, and return back home. All three enlisted before 9/11, and never anticipated being sent on lengthy deployments. The three women represent three different generations: One is a college student, one is a single mother, and one becomes a grandmother during their first deployment. Two of the women are subsequently sent on a second overseas deployment, which proves far more difficult than their first assignment. Despite their differences, the three women become close friends, and help each other through the challenging yearlong separations from their families and loved ones. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to family members back home. They drink too much, have affairs, and deal with the deaths of fellow soldiers. And one of them sustains injuries herself when the truck she is driving hits an explosive device, blowing up the vehicle. She survives, but her life may never be the same again.