Fly Safe: Letters From the Gulf War and Reflections From Back Home
by Vicki Cody
In August 1990, Iraq had just invaded Kuwait, setting off a chain reaction of events leading up to the first Gulf War. Vicki Cody’s husband, the commander of an elite Apache helicopter battalion, deployed to Saudi Arabia. For the next nine months they relied on written letters to stay connected.
From Vicki’s narrative and journal entries, the reader gets a realistic glimpse of what it was like for the spouses and families back home during this war, in particular what it was like at a time when most people did not own a personal computer and did not have Internet, iPhones, texting, tweeting, or Facetime.
Vicki's writing illuminates the roller coaster of stress, loneliness, sleepless nights, humor, joys, and, eventually, resilience, that made up her life while her husband was away. Meanwhile, Dick’s letters to her give the reader a front row seat to the unfolding of history, the adrenaline rush of flying helicopters in combat, his commitment to his country, and his devotion to his family back home. Together, these three components weave a clear, insightful, and intimate story of love and its power to sustain us.
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