I found upon reading through this short "poetry journal" written by an American lady soldier, Kimberly Mae, to be utterly compelling in so many ways.
Being an American citizen and myself another woman, I had never give much thought about "women soldiers" and what an impact their rigorous military training might have upon them mentally and physically.
Having two brothers, one NSA and the other CIA, I knew that they had demands made upon them that most non-military people would never dream of but to actually read through this author's poems and personal thoughts and find that she too had endured "Hell on earth" and then some, left me with a deeper understanding of our military.
After reading Kimberly Mae's heartfelt words and descriptions about training, battles and the on-going mental struggles she endured even after having left our military to return to her family, I really realized that even though our soldiers have been able to survive unspeakable atrocities in a war zone, these mental images never really leave them all the days of their lives. And I now understand why my two brothers, upon leaving the service, kept to themselves and never fully engaged with those who they felt "would never understand" the horrors they have lived through.
May the Good Lord Bless and Keep all of our soldiers and we thank them for their service and I hope everyone reads "Kimberly Mae's" poems and personal thoughts. This small "military memoire" will really make one think. Job well-done.
Kimberly Mae comes from a large military family. She served in the U.S. Army for three years, including one deployment to Afghanistan as a generator mechanic. Four boys filled her home and time as she progressed from military life to a newfound career in writing. Settling in her hometown, Mae plans to assist other veterans by donating some of the proceeds from her book to organizations that help veterans in need. For more information, visit http://www.kimmiemae.com.
"A Drill Sergeant's Fame"
By Kimberly Mae