This is a thorough and nuanced examination of the war’s impact on American lives. The story of the main character, Jeannette Mulligan, the wife of a soldier, provides an overarching narrative thread as the story moves from chapter to chapter. The piece’s felt-life detail and our desire to see (hear) what happens to Jeannette and her family kept us engaged to the end. This piece inspires tears, yet approaches its subject with both respect and, it seems, a keen interest in telling the full story, in all its complexity.

This piece is a multimedia production. The American Public Media site includes text and photographs in addition to the audio documentary.

Read/listen to “Married to the Military,” by John Biewen

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