From her own kitchen table to Capitol Hill, Terri takes readers beyond the headlines and homecoming videos for an inside look at the day-to-day hardships, victories, and many ways military life shapes, challenges, and enriches its families.
Terri reports and reflects on a wide range of topics, including motherhood, faith, friendship, family ties, war, current events, sacrifice, and PTSD. As a wife and mom, Terri highlights important, pivotal moments in her own family’s life as well as others’, in essays that will resonate with both military and nonmilitary families.
Through poignant personal stories, incisive interviews, and emotive reflections, Terri creates an historical snapshot of American and world affairs, preserving an important piece of our nation’s culture.
About her book, Terri says, “My hometown isn’t a geographical location, but a place in American culture that is invisible to many people. My family lives in the hometown of military installations and military communities. This book is the story of the people we know and the life we live in the neighborhood of our American military life.”
TERRI BARNES is the author of Spouse Calls: Messages From a Military Life, a collection of military life essays based on her weekly Spouse Calls column in Stars and Stripes. Terri has been a member of the Washington, DC, press corps and has contributed to several other books about military life. Her work has appeared in Air Force/Army/Navy Times, The Huffington Post, Books Make a Difference, and other newspapers, magazines, and base publications worldwide.
Terri’s expertise in military life comes from long experience. Her father was a Vietnam veteran and career military man. She married her now-retired Air Force husband, Mark, in 1985. They have three children, Will, Jessie, and Wesley, born in military hospitals in Texas, Guam, and Arizona, respectively.
Terri is a cum laude graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she studied journalism. After living in eleven states, two foreign countries, and one U.S. territory, Terri and Mark now live in Summerville, South Carolina.