Johnny/Joanie Comes Marching Home
families endure the burdens of separation when a significant member is repeatedly, often suddenly, called far away to serve
for extended periods of time. Not only handling the separations but also the reunions and restoration of the family circle
are the subjects of this book. Deployments order service personnel to duties in distant places ashore and at sea. However,
a special chapter deals specifically with what combat does to the combatant, to
the family, and to the nation, with suggested coping strategies for those involved.
The book is in two parts. Part One deals with the military member
and the family.
Chapter 1: “Change
Happens” – Changes in individuals and the
family occur during deployment separations.
Chapter 2: “The Combat Experience” – Hazardous duty has an
effect on the family as well as the deployed member.
Chapter 3: “In Search of Hope” – Positive resources within and
surrounding military people and their families.
Chapter 4: “A Lesson from R&R” – Defines Anticipatory
Work, how fear in a familly can develope it, how it can become
irreversible even if inappropriate, and how to interrupt it.
Chapter 5: "The Reunion" -Expectations and positive
management of the reunion.
Part Two recreates seminars given over five years in the
Pacific Fleet for returning sailors and Marines, with complementary seminars given at home port to prepare the waiting spouses
for reunions. These Pre-Reunion Seminars have been edited to include all the services
and for both genders - with women as well as men now returning to their families from combat and from duties overseas and
A DVD attached to the back cover contains the complete text
of both seminars (the same as in Part Two of the book) formatted in 8.5 X 11 inches for easy podium use by facilitators, together
with the two films used in these seminars. With these resources, the seminars can be conducted in the field, aboard ship,
and with awaiting spouses at home base or port (or read individually).
is a disabled combat veteran, a licensed marriage and family therapist, an Episcopal Priest and retired military chaplain,
with M.A. in Pastoral Psychology and Doctor of Ministry Degrees.