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Often these areas of convergence are the crux of the essays. During the First and Second World Wars, over 1. That has since changed. Today, National Defence and the Canadian Forces reports 60, men and women are serving in the regular force with another 20, in the reserves. But given its much smaller size, the home front can be a difficult concept, as many Canadians no longer know anyone serving on the front.
Ryan Flavelle, who wrote the book The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan, explores what it is like to come home and be expected to act like a civilian even though both he and home have changed. His essay, Coming Home to a New World, is an honest first-hand account of what one Canadian soldier faced upon returning hom and, in some ways, for the front-line soldier, coming home may be more difficult than being in a war zone.
I have seen things that made me realize that I knew very little about the world. Poet S.
Steele, an official Canadian war artist in Afghanistan, discovered, after being embedded with a rifle company that she struggled to return to life, as she knew it. Being part of the armed forces, even as an observer, overtook her private, personal life.
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The two converged, whether or not she had initially meant or wanted to. Even though much of this anthology explores challenging topics such as identity, it also offers an uplifting, hopeful story as each writer, in their own way, speaks of the strength of the human spirit and, in the case of Michael Hornburg, the ability to overcome tragedy and turn it into something positive.
For the majority of Canadians with no connection to the military, Embedded on the Home Front takes readers beyond the evening news or the newspapers allowing them to understand what friends and neighbours with a direct connection to a soldier serving in Afghanistan or Bosnia or the Second World War may have experienced.