Life as a serv­ing sol­dier

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

The tales of those who have bravely served the na­tion are of­ten told, but have you ever won­dered what life is like for the part­ners of serv­ing sol­diers?

Maria Au­gus­tus-Dunn will be speak­ing on her new book, Mar­ried Quar­ter — Boots,

Berets and Bloody Uni­forms at Sey­mour Li­brary next Wed­nes­day.

Through­out her book Ms Au­gus­tus-Dunn ex­plores her 21 years as the spouse of a serv­ing sol­dier, fo­cus­ing on the cou­ple’s nine post­ings, sev­eral de­ploy­ments, ill­ness, longser­vice leave and re­tire­ment.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda San­der­son said Ms Au­gus­tus-Dunn’s story would res­onate with many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘While hear­ing sto­ries from a mil­i­tary spouse’s per­spec­tive might be un­com­mon, I’m sure the book will ex­plore fa­mil­iar ups and downs for many peo­ple in our shire who are in the same sit­u­a­tion as Maria,’’ she said.

‘‘For those who don’t have a part­ner or spouse in the mil­i­tary, the author talk will be a fascinating in­sight into what life is like for some of these un­sung mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.’’

The author talk is from 2 pm to 3 pm at Sey­mour Li­brary, 125 An­zac Ave, on Novem­ber 15, with tea, cof­fee and snacks pro­vided. Please RSVP for cater­ing pur­poses, phone 5734 6453.

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