“From the Frontlines to the Home Front: New Mexicans Reflect on War” anthology coming soon


For additional information: Dr. Circe Olson Woessner – (505) 504-6830


“From the Frontlines to the Home Front: New Mexicans Reflect on War.”

The Albuquerque-based Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center (MAMF) announces a publication of first-hand essays and reflections on deployment by New Mexico veterans, their family members, and other loved ones.   Dedicated to the idea that the demands of military service are met not only by those in uniform, but also by moms and dads, siblings and kids, spouses and partners, MAMF is shedding light on that overlooked service.

Museum Writer- in-Residence Paul Zolbrod and co-editors Dr. Allen Dale Olson and Dr. Circe Olson Woessner have compiled “From the Frontlines to the Home Front: New Mexicans Reflect on War” containing some thirty narratives solicited from New Mexico veterans and their loved ones to project family involvement in military action. Its individual stories reflect how the induction of one soldier, sailor, or airman involves an entire family—something too often overlooked. Invoking both triumph and doubt, transcending mere flag-waving battle-glorification, the contributors pose hard questions and put combat in a domestic perspective.

“The stories are touching and powerful,” says co-editor and Museum Director, Woessner. “They represent all branches of the military, reach as far back as World Wars I and II, and cover campaigns clear up to the present. They represent the voice of each author and interpret not only front-line experience, but also first hand triumphs and anxieties of those waiting at home.”

Adds Writer in Residence, Paul Zolbrod, “As for me, I am a proud participant in this project, not only as co-editor but also with a story of my own from the Korean War era. You don’t have to be a combat buff to enjoy these offerings. You just need heartstrings as you realize that military action is a family affair. Whenever the nation is at war, families are involved and paying a price. I hope everyone gets to read these intimate stories.”

MAMF will not sell the publication, and plans to distribute the book free of charge to reading and discussion group participants to remind readers that war exacts a toll not just from those who reach the front line. In anticipation of a Veterans Day release, MAMF seeks sponsors with donations of fifty dollars, to offset production costs, to print additional copies, and to serve more discussion groups.

MAMF brings quality programs throughout the year with exhibits, film and stage presentations, classes, and publications — all free of charge. Anyone wishing to sponsor this or any upcoming projects can do that sending a check to: The Museum of the American Family, PO Box 5085, Albuquerque, NM 5085—an all volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization. Web Site: www.militaryfamiltymuseum.org.

Donations received before October 15 will be acknowledged in the book.

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