Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Original 1970 Army Documents on

MRS. LIEUTENANT: A SHARON GOLD NOVEL has as its source my experiences as a new army officer's wife at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, in the spring of 1970. For reference material while writing, I had all the original army documents from that time.

When I had the website for my novel designed by, I asked for a page to display some of these original army documents. And on my website, if you click on “Original Army Documents,” you will see a range of original documents – from my husband’s orders to report to active duty to the itinerary for the Armor School “ladies tour.”

In addition, when my husband and I were later stationed in Munich, Germany, I learned from personal experience how important were such things as the Passover food items supplied to us by the Jewish Welfare Board. Thus, without taking a position on the current fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, I wanted my website to encourage people to support the needs of military personnel and their families.

The website’s “Support Military Families” section describes some of the many current support organizations, all of which are in need of financial donations. These organizations range from Soldiers’ Angels – with the mission statement “may no soldier go unloved” – to Jews in Green – addressing the special needs of Jewish military personnel. And there are links to each organization’s website so that visitors to can easily support U.S. deployed military personnel and/or their families back home.

Of course my website also offers the first four chapters of the novel – one from the point of view of each of the four women protagonists: a Northern Jew, a Southern Baptist, a Puerto Rican, and a black from the South.

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