When Dad and Mom Go to War

The deadly reality of war comes home to the military couples separated from their children by Operation Desert Storm

Brenda Jarmon of Tallahassee still remembers the chilling August phone call. Her daughter, Corporal Lynette Guthery of the Army's 24th Infantry Division (mechanized), based outside Hinesville, Ga., needed a precious favor. Could the 40-year-old grandmother take care of 2 1/2-year-old Ikea -- immediately? Both Lynette and her separated Army husband had been ordered to Saudi Arabia, and Ikea needed a new home right away. Of course, answered Jarmon, promptly placing her life, and her Ph.D. thesis in social work, on hold. She had signed papers earlier agreeing to become her granddaughter's guardian in case of a military deployment. But now she...

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