Beyond the Soldiers: Military Spouses Fight their Own Battles

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Retired Air Force Officer and author Donald Kautz honors military spouses in new book

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Military wives must live with a lot of uncertainty – moves, separations and sometimes not even knowing where their husbands are or what they are doing.

Long-distance relationships can be difficult, but combined with a lack of digital communication and a constant fear of dying looming overhead, these relationships are seemingly impossible. Despite this challenge, military partners and spouses persevere daily.

Retired Air Force Officer Donald Kautz understands the difficulties of spousal separation during wartime. In his new book, “The Fighter Pilot and His Lady,” Kautz fictionalizes the experiences he encountered throughout his long-distance marriage and weaves them into a romantic tale.

“My wife never knew where I was being deployed to, and sometimes I didn’t either until I arrived,” Kautz said. “We received mail once a week so that was as often as I was able to speak to my wife.”

Kautz was stationed in Central America in the 1980’s and ‘90s and assisted in fighting communist-backed rebels in Honduras and Columbia. Since his unit’s missions were relatively unknown among the public, “The Fighter Pilot and His Lady” chronicles an important piece of American military history that most aren’t aware of.

“Military wives must live with a lot of uncertainty – moves, separations and sometimes not even knowing where their husbands are or what they are doing,” Kautz said. “It’s my hope that this book reveals just how strong these women are.”

The Fighter Pilot and His Lady
By Donald W. Kautz
ISBN: 698-1-4917-7306-2
Available in softcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse.

About the author
Donald Kautz is a retired Air Force officer and retired industrial hygienist with the Arizona Department of Health Services. In the Air Force, Kautz worked primarily in the Ground Air Command and Control System as an Air Weapons Controller. Kautz currently resides in Tuscan, Ariz. He was married to his late wife, Judie, for 34 years.

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