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Effects of World War II helped author Mary Lou Darst develop appreciation for her veteran father.

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When he returned, or we went to join him, my brother and I had grown up since he saw us last. He had changed as well, and we didn't know each other.

Life in a military household can be challenging. According to the National Military Family Association, even though the number of active duty military with family responsibilities has decreased since 1995, the ratio of active duty members to the number of family members is now higher.

In her 2011 book, “War Ready: In My Father’s Shadow” (published by iUniverse) author Mary Lou Darst shows how her family was impacted by her father’s Army service – and how she found a new understanding of the military influence she felt in her childhood.

"My father was away on assignment often,” Darst recalls. “When he returned, or we went to join him, my brother and I had grown up since he saw us last. He had changed as well, and we didn't know each other."

After her father died, Darst found her father’s World War II diary. Upon reading its contents, she better understood her early relationship with him.

“War Ready” is a candid memoir of life in a family uprooted by international travel and ever-changing relationships. Accompanied by excerpts from her father’s war diary, Darst’s writings shed light on universal emotions felt by many members of the military and their loved ones.

War Ready
By Mary Lou Darst
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 220 pages | ISBN 9781462031559
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 220 pages | ISBN 9781462031542
E-Book | 220 pages | ISBN 9781462031566
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author
As a child, Mary Lou Darst traveled the world with her military family. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in literature, a Master of Science in multicultural studies and a Bachelor of Arts in visual and applied design. She taught English language arts and English as a second language.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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