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The Personal Price Of ‘15 Years Of War’

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Photo by Kristine Schellhaas

Kristine Schellhaas poses with her husband, Maj. Ross Schellhaas, at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in this undated photo.

The Personal Price Of '15 Years Of War'


Kristine Schellhaas, author, "15 Years of War"


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The book cover for "15 Years of War" by Kristine Schellhaas.

Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001, America has been engaged in the longest wars in its history. The wife of one U.S. Marine officer who has served since 2000 documented her family's sometimes heartbreaking experiences during his multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

In her memoir "15 Years of War," Kristine Schellhaas describes how the photos of tearful spouses greeting soldiers returning home can be misleading. Even when her husband, Maj. Ross Schellhaas, returned to the U.S. in between deployments for further training, he was still frequently away at other bases around the country.

“It’s not that they come home and everyone settles in and gets to be a family again. It’s constant deployments, constant training,” Schellhaas said. “The operational tempo of 15 years of war has taken a toll on our families.”

Schellhaas joins KPBS Midday Edition on Monday to discuss how she coped with personal tragedies during her husband’s service.


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