War widows

The special burden borne by the families of U.S. military personnel killed in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan is the subject a deeply moving news article published in a chain of California newspapers today.

The article, War widows struggle, often in isolation, with a special grief by John Simerman, quotes Wheaton College Professor of History Anni Baker, who writes about the experiences of U.S. service people and their families.

“For wives it’s completely different, because the spouse experiences the loss as a complete loss of your home, and of your community and of your place in the world. You’re out of the military then,” said Anni Baker, a Wheaton College history professor who writes about military personnel.

The article was published by the San Jose Mercury News as well as a half-dozen other publications in California, including the Contra Costa Times and the Pasadena Star-News.

Baker’s most recent book is Life in the U.S. Armed Forces: (Not) Just Another Job, published by Praeger Security International. Her previous scholarship examined the interaction between the U.S. armed forces and a host city in Germany; the social, cultural and political impact of military bases in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East; and the role of family members in military society.