Mom Writes Book to Help Her Children Understand the Deployment of Their Army Dad to Iraq

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Kathy Mitchell, an Army soldier's wife from Fresno, California, searched for a children’s book to help explain to her 5 and 7 year old why their daddy had to go to Iraq for 18 months. Her search was unsuccessful, so she decided to write the book herself. The book she authored, which is entitled, “Daddy Got His Orders”, was written to help her children during the long and difficult deployment of their father. Friends, family, local government officials, and military personnel, after hearing about and then reading the book, quickly realized it would also be of help to the families of all deployed soldiers.

Kathy Mitchell, an Army soldier's wife from Fresno, California, searched for a children’s book to help explain to her 5 and 7 year old why their daddy had to go to Iraq for 18 months. Her search was unsuccessful, so she decided to write the book herself. The book she authored, which is entitled, “Daddy Got His Orders”, was written to help her children during the long and difficult deployment of their father. Friends, family, local government officials, and military personnel, after hearing about and then reading the book, quickly realized it would also be of help to the families of all deployed soldiers.

“This project has been a labor of love”, said Kathy. Kathy has received a lot of encouragement to publish the book, which included support and advice from Alan Autry, the current mayor of Fresno. “The mayor, as well as many others, gave me the strength to complete this book”, she added. Major General Ronald H. Markarian of the Association of the United Stated Army recently awarded Kathy a certificate of appreciation for outstanding achievement on the book, and for other efforts that have benefited military families. Due to the deployment of large numbers of Reservists and Guardsmen, more children live away from bases and feel isolated in their own experience. The book helps them realize that they are not alone. In addition to comforting the children of deployed servicemen, Kathy is proud that the book also enlightens the public about the experiences of the soldiers. Now, teachers, friends, and neighbors better understand the sacrifices of their families.

Soldiers have enjoyed the book for its comforting and reassuring words. One Army officer emailed in desperation that he was soon leaving for Iraq and he was searching for such a book to read to his 5 year old daughter. Jaz McKay, a local Fresno radio host for station KMJ, commented "that every military child should have this book." Then he retracted and said, “every person in the country should read this book."

“Daddy Got His Orders” is, or will soon be, available at Berean Christian Stores, Gottschalks Department Stores, the Army Exchanges, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Walden Books, and online for $14.95. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a scholarship fund for the children who have lost a parent in the War on Terror.

About Kathy Mitchell:

Kathy Mitchell is a teacher with degrees from University of California at Davis and UCLA. James, her husband, is a motor sergeant for the Army’s 729th Transportation Company, which was recently ordered to Iraq. Kathy is a children’s advocate and is very active in civilian military affairs. Kathy and James have two children, Thomas James (TJ), age 5 and Kamila, age 7. The family resides in Fresno, California.

Contact Information:

Kathy Mitchell

TJ Publishing Company

(559) 473-8215

http://www.basetj.com

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