A must for all military families, this resource walks through what to expect when your loved-one faces deployment. Suddenly, it's a single-parent experience. And, as a military wife of 20 years, author Carol Vandesteeg is able to empathize and help you prepare for the practical issues of long distance communication, maintaining an efficient household, keeping expectations of life realistic, plus much more. It's a transition that can go smoothly and by having this guidebook, you'll be ready for When Duty Calls.
In this unique and wonderfully thorough handbook, a military wife and mom shares practical advice about preparing and dealing with deployment of a loved one. Carol Vandesteeg helps families learn what to expect as they prepare for deployment, how to communicate while separated, helping children through the separation, and reuniting at the end of the tour of duty. When Duty Calls also addresses the subject that's so painful to face: the possibility that the loved one may not return.
Carol Vandesteeg was a military spouse for over twenty-four years; her husband recently retired from the Air Force and deployed several times during his career, so Carol knows by experience what military family separation involves. Carol earned her bachelor's Degree from Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama. She began freelance writing in 1995. She and her husband, Ren, live in San Antonio, Texas. They have two grown sons, Mike and Dan, who live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.