Performances highlight military families' struggles


Sometimes overlooked in times of war is the mental anguish that families face when their loved ones are overseas. In an effort to bring attention to the issue, Stacy Bannerman helped create Homefront 911 - a selection of monologues designed to show the effects of of war on families.

The Oregonian reports that Bannerman, who is the founder and director of Sanctuary for Veterans & Families, says that all-too-often there is a disconnection in military families that can be troubling.

Bannerman certainly knows what they are going through. She wrote many of the 12 monologues herself, drawing from personal experience when her husband was serving in Iraq. The event also hopes to lessen the many political divides that plague the United States says attendee M. Albin Jubitz.

"My husband is not George Bush's soldier, he's not Barack Obama's soldier," she told the news source. "He's your soldier. He didn't sign up to serve them, he signed up to serve you."

There are currently around 90,000 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and about 50,000 in Iraq.