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Serving on the home front - Feature Story - Local Stories - July 5, 2012 - Chico News & Review -
"Nanette Sagastume knows what war does to its fighters. The wife of a former combat Marine who served in Vietnam and mother of another combat Marine who served in Iraq, in the heart of darkness known as Fallujah, she’s spent her adult life ministering to loved ones who carry the emotional scars of war. The Chico woman, a retired nurse practitioner who worked for 28 years at Chico State’s Student Health Center, has written an unusually revealing and intimate account of what war combat has done to her family and how she and other family members have responded to it. The book, We Also Serve: A Family Goes to War, is as its title suggests about the Sagastume family: Nanette, her husband, Mario, and their three sons and daughter. But it’s mainly Nanette’s story, and she emerges during the telling as a fiercely protective wife and mother who, despite being scared to her core when her youngest son is sent to Iraq, never allows herself to feel victimized, instead responding to her fear by taking steps to find support and solidarity with the parents of other combat warriors." -
The author and her husband were college friends of mine. I'm eager to read her story. -
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