Both Sides of the Battle

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Journalist Helen Thorpe’s new book, Soldier Girls, investigates three women National Guard members who signed up for the stateside benefits–some had never traveled outside Indiana–and found themselves in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thorpe tells the full story of how unexpected wartime deployments affected every aspects of their lives: from school and health to family to romance. It’s an entertaining, eye-opening, and vital read.

I reviewed Soldier Girls for ELLE’s August issue, out now, and also had the chance to talk with Helen in more depth for an ELLE.com Q&A bonus feature.

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