Wednesday, November 4

Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

$10.00 ($7.00 Concert Member) $1.00 veterans and active military

Raised as an Army brat, Angie Ricketts thought she knew what she was in for when she eloped with Jack—then an infantry lieutenant—on the eve of his deployment to Somalia. Since that time, Jack, now a colonel, has been deployed eight times, serving four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. And Ricketts, has lived every one of those deployments intimately—distant enough to survive the years spent apart from her husband, but close enough to share a common purpose and a lifestyle they both love. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and their three spirited children.

With humor, candor, and a brazen attitude, Ricketts pulls back the curtain on a subculture many readers know, but few ever will experience. Counter to the dramatized snap shot seen on Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” Ricketts digs into the personalities and posturing that officers’ wives must survive daily—whether navigating a social event on post, suffering through a husband’s prolonged deployment or reacting to a close friend’s death in combat.

As the War on Terrorism comes to a close, the cultural gap between civilians and our professional military is larger than ever before. This is not surprising considering that with Iraq and Afghanistan combined we’ve fought a war that spanned more than two decades with the smallest all volunteer military force ever. Only 1% of our nation has served and an even smaller percentage of that force has deployed over and over.

“In my husband’s 25 year army career he deployed eight times, four of those to Iraq and Afghanistan. I wrote a book partly out of frustration to be heard and partly out of a desire to accurately document the impact of the war on our professional military. In addition to being married for 24 years to an army officer, I am also the daughter of a career army infantry officer. That makes me a 100% product of that little known military cultural bubble. How will this group of veterans and their families cope outside of their military bubble and are they better or worse off for what they’ve lived and experienced? Where do they fit in the civilian world?”

Angie Ricketts holds a master’s degree in Social Psychology/Human Relations and an undergraduate degree in Sociology. She worked part-time for the American Red Cross in Germany in the 1990’s but since then her formal education has been used to navigate the politics and personalities that come with being an officer’s wife. Her husband remains on active duty but transitioned to Homeland Defense in 2012. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband and their three spirited children.