5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing. Heartbreaking and yet…Hopeful at the end – a MUST read for all Americans
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 9, 2023

This book. Where to begin…It should be REQUIRED reading for all Americans…particularly those in political positions…
It’s a book you may want to take in slowly as the story that is so courageously shared is almost incomprehensible…which is all the more reason we ALL must read this. We MUST do better is all I can feel in my heart after finishing this book.
As a civilian, with no military connection in my family whatsoever I am flabbergasted at the state of affairs for all the people who risk their lives or have GIVEN their lives for this country. So that we may enjoy the daily freedoms we have before us. If you aren’t as appalled as I am after reading this…well, maybe you didn’t read it. We must pledge full medical, emotional and financial support to our veterans AND their caregivers when they return home and face incredible challenges. What we must NOT DO is subject them to an archaic bureaucratic nightmare that makes it next to impossible to access the services and supports all of us civilians are PAYING for with our taxes. I hope you read this. And send copies to everyone you can. And I hope you take a moment to reach out and send love and appreciation to a veteran and their family for all that they are very likely navigating in private. We CAN do better but only if we DO better. Each of us. Thank you Margaret Suman for everything you’ve done and everything you are. Truly you are an angel among us. As is your husband and entire family. And thank you Mark for your service and for not giving up. Thank you.


Heartland of America
Reader Type: Casual Reader

5 of 5 stars
Sometimes it’s hard to put words to the the experience of being a veteran caregiver. This book is like country music, it “tells it how it is”. This is a must read, not only for caregivers, but for all Americans.


New Jersey
Reader Type: Casual Reader

5 of 5 stars
Hopeful and helpful
Incredible account of the price of freedom. This mother’s journey is one experienced by many. She and her veteran son are inspiring even under horrendous conditions and experiences. A great read! God bless our veteran families!


Reader Type: Non-Fiction Buff

5 of 5 stars
Tells it like it is!
We have lived this journey too! I’m glad that the general public will have a chance to know more about our returning veterans and their families. This explains one reason why there may be so much suicide, homelessness and incarceration for veterans. A must read.


Amazon Customer
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2022

5 of 5 stars
Unexpected, concerning and inspiring
Captivating short stories spanning 17 years of a post 9-11 veteran told through the eyes of the family. Came away feeling deep concern for all veteran’s care yet inspired and grateful for the insights. Important read for all Americans.


Sharon C. Grassi
5.0 out of 5 stars The road home doesn’t come with a map
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 25, 2023

Margaret Suman has captured the breadth of experiences many of us (military-caregiving families) face when our loved ones return from the battlefield.

In 2005, my family watched a boy of 18 enter the US Army. What came home was a man unraveling the traumas of war while fighting the VA to receive care for his very-real physical injuries. As his mother, I wasn’t sure what to do, but I knew he needed help. I left my job in 2015 for what I thought would be 6 months; today, I’m still fighting the same military/VA system of care that Margaret describes. Like Margaret, I found myself battling the system that I thought was there to help him.

The road home from war does not come with a map or a guide. If a Veteran is lucky, it is a family—whatever that family looks like—that cares for them, fights for them, and brings them home.

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