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Mothers of Soldiers in their Own Words, an encore presentation

The Sound of Ideas
Friday, November 28, 2008 at 9:00 am
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Sending a child to war is one of the hardest things a parent can do. Now some mothers are trying to compile their thoughts in a book. Janie Reinart and her friend Mary Anne Mayer have been soliciting and going through essays from Ohio mothers of soldiers. The works show the pride moms have for their sons' or daughters' service, but also the fear of what could happen. Their working title is Love You More Than You Know: Thoughts of Ohio Mothers Sending their Sons and Daughters to War. Since we originally recorded this program, they've attracted a publisher and are now hoping to use the proceeds to help fund Wounded Warrior programs. Join us Friday at 9 as we talk with Ohio mothers about their stories.

SUPPORT FOR MILITARY MOTHERS:

Lucky Harris is the founder of Mothers of MIlitary (M.O.M.) and is happy to talk with other mothers. You can email her at mothersofmilitarymom@yahoo.com. Or visit her website.

TELL YOUR STORY

We are mothers of soldiers. We are currently collecting true stories about what it means to be a mother of a soldier today. We have sent our sons to war. Sergeant Stan Mayer, (tour in Iraq—January 2005 to October 2005) is currently working with the Marine Liaison unit at Bethesda Hospital. My son, Sergeant Joe Reinart, (active duty/tour in Iraq—December 2003 to February 2005) has completed six years in the Army National Guard. Mary Anne and I are authors and educators. We would be honored to assist you with your writing, so that your story can be told! If you have any questions, please call 216-407-0467. Email your submissions along with photos to:

Janie Reinart smile73777@roadrunner.com
Mary Anne Mayer mamayer@zoominternet.net

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: NO POLITICAL COMMENTARY PLEASE!

Working Title: Love You, More Than You Know: Thoughts from Ohio Mothers Sending their Sons and Daughters to War

We are asking you to tell us what it means to be a mother of a soldier. We want you to bear witness to the courage and resolve it takes to send a soldier to war.
• How did you make it through the journey of having your soldier deployed?
• Did your everyday routines change?
• How did you cope?
• How has this experience changed you?
• Your story should tell of your sacrifices, of your support, and tell how you helped keep your soldier connected to home.
Please include:
-Branch of service
-Dates of deployment
-Photo of you and your soldier (Photos are to be formatted as JPEGS)
-Include in your story copies of emails/letters/recollections of phone calls from your soldier during deployment showing a connection to family/home
-Current status of your soldier
-Please submit your titled story (800-2000 words) in a Microsoft word document.
-All pages need your name, address, phone number, and email address as a header on each page.
-Please include a short bio (150 words).
Deadline for submission December 28, 2008

Guests

Janie Reinart, Mother of National Guardsman
Mary Anne Mayer, Mother of Marine from Brook Park
Lucky Harris, Mother of an Army Sergeant on her second tour in Iraq

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