Jim Sheeler won a Pulitzer Prize for his Veterans Day special report on Nov. 11, 2005, in the Rocky Mountain News on which this book is based. This book is one that will be a permanent part of the eMail Our Military required reading library.
Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and author of Chasing Ghosts say this about Final Salute:
"Jim Sheeler’s Final Salute should be required reading for all Americans and their elected leaders. It is not pro- or anti-war but instead a gripping account of combat’s price on the families of the fallen. Final Salute is also the inspirational and often heartbreaking story of the incredible, heroic efforts of a Marine officer to help ease the pain of these families. Jim Sheeler should be saluted for providing a heartfelt view inside the returns home from Iraq that too often pass unrecognized by the American public."
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Final Salute is journalism at its finest. Sheeler writes about military families with honesty, honor and respect. He writes about things most ordinary Americans never have the chance to read about in the headlines let alone on the front page. His words are gentle and subtle, yet the stories are powerful.
You've got until Friday, May 30th at midnight est. to get your comments in. Then, we'll pick a winner over the weekend and make the announcement on Monday right here on our blog.
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