Book Reviews: Letters to Boot Camp by Hayden M Hodgescategories: Book, Marines, USMC, Military, Marine Corps, Parris Island, Devil Dog, Leatherneck, Warrior, Memoirs, Letters, Basic Training, Boot Camp
Hayden Marie Hodgesabout this book: I thought I knew quite a bit about The Corps before my son left home to become a Marine. But, in all reality, there was so much that I really didn't get until after he got on the bus.
I didn't know how much my life would change. I didn't know how many resources were really available for the families and friends of these young recruits. I didn't know that I could actually help these guys out in a couple of different ways. I didn't know how much I love to get letters in the mail. I also didn't realize how hard it would be to write my son on a daily basis, or how important each letter I wrote would be to him. You might say that in the grand scheme of things, I knew very little. But, I caught on quickly, and while my son was being made into a Marine, I learned more than I probably needed to know about The Marine Corps and their intense training.
Somewhere along the line I realized that a chronicle of our recent experience, along with our letters, could do more than just tell a story. I could also help people find the resources available to them, give them more of a heads up as to what they're about to face, and show them how they can be both supportive and quite helpful, if their loved one chooses to become One of the Few.
So, I got my son's permission, and I wrote Letters To Boot Camp as a conversation between the reader and myself. I've shared the actual letters written between us, along with explanations of what we were talking about, during his time on Parris Island. It's truly a story of: understanding, love, pain, and unbelievable pride. I've changed nothing except the names and the dates ever so slightly to protect certain people.
But, let me warn you, both of us can be inappropriate with our language, and he pulled no punches in his letters home. He often had me searching to find the right things to say, to the point where, at times, I come across as being absolutely insane. Nevertheless, I think you'll understand that I did and said what I had to say to make his life a little better.
After all, once they're gone, the postal service is your only way to communicate. So you pray, and hope that the words you write them hit a home run.
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This Book is AmazingLetters to bootcamp captures the full spectrum of emotions. From extremely funny humor to gut wrenching heat jerking sadness, to the unexplainable happyness of pride. This book...and the letters inside tell a story that only few will ever know first hand. Oorah and Semper Fi. [by Devil Dog]
I Understand So Much More NowI got this book, Letters to Boot Camp, from my fiance's recruiter last week when he left for Parris Island and I shared it with his mom. We both loved reading it, this lady is a trip. She's also tough as nails. I was crying and laughing and so happy to find all the neat information she led us to find. I'll be reading it again and plan on sharing it with my Marine when he comes home. [by Anna Clair Reber]
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