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Brats, by Mary R. Truscott

This is a great book for getting an honest look into Military kids lives. The book is comprised entirely of interviews with former military dependents. There is little if any commentary or evaluation of the stories offered.

Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress,

by Mary Edwards Wertsch

What kind of food do they serve Soldiers over there?

A Soldiers in larger bases eat in chow halls or mess halls, where the food is probably similar to food served in school cafeterias. Other soldiers rely on MREs, which stands for Meal Ready to Eat. It's a complete meal, all in one plastic pouch. There's meat -- sometimes a hot dog or hamburger -- sometimes spaghetti, cookies, spices like salt and pepper, a spoon and napkin and, most important, some toilet paper for after the meal.

Do the American troops ever get to take showers?

Surprisingly, yes. The most common way to take showers in the desert is to take a big garbage bag, fill it with water, have one person hold it high up, poke holes in the bottom, and let the water trickle out. After one person takes his shower, he holds the garbage bag so the other person can shower. In 1991, in the Gulf War, I was in the desert for six months and took two showers. You get used to it.

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