Why did I love this book?
Books that tell the story of Special Operations soldiers fighting in the Global War on Terror typically focus all of their efforts on adrenaline, explosions, the men, and the teams. While those are all critical elements and essential to the stories, most of them leave out one of the most crucial factors to keeping Special Operations troops in the fight.
In Special Forces, we had many sayings, but one of the most important was, “if momma ain’t happy, Joe ain’t happy.”
All active duty soldiers engaged in war, even we Special Operators, depend on our families to keep us going. These may be the details required to keep the household running, keeping the family happy, healthy & fed (as nearly all Special Operators are extremely family-oriented), but also to be the rocks that we can fall back on when needed, the support to keep us pushing forward, and the thing that we are willing to give everything to protect.
American Sniper is one of the few that tells that side of the story as well, with the intense strain that is put on families and relationships due to the massive OPTEMPO that modern Special Operations soldiers face. If you want to know the true story and tolls taken by the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), the families’ stories are essential.