Real Life: Afghanistan Withdrawal – View From My Home Front

The war in Afghanistan is finally over for UK Plc, and yesterday the closure of Camp Bastion was announced. I thought as a tribute to a conflict that dominated my family life for over a decade, I would collate some of the You Tube videos, an audio excerpt from my book ‘A Modern Military Mother – Tales from the Domestic Frontline’ and also, my 11 year old son’s song, Messed Up World asking for the fighting to stop for you to get a sense of the conflict from our home front.

I paid a heavy price. The stress of the conflict cost me my marriage, and it also changed my husband forever. It changed me forever. Inside, a little part of me died, and I know that we got off so lightly compared to many.

I’m glad it’s over and I am relieved that I am not in the endless churn of the stress of back to back to deployments; but the sad truth is that will be other wars to fight and at somepoint, I have no doubt, we as a family will be thrown back into the shadow of another conflict. In the interim, I am going to enjoy the peace.

Please support these military charities as their work will be cut out for them in the future as the fallout begins:

Combat Stress

Help For Heroes 


Royal British Legion

ABF – The Soldier’s Charity

Hagar Goes To Afghanistan

Hagar Returns From Afghanistan

Hagar’s Fantasy Family – audio excerpt from my book ‘A Modern Military Mother – Tales from the Domestic Frontline’

Messed Up World by Ben Macnaughton and Anthony Clark

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The single is raising funds for SSAFA.

Clare Macnaughton; a modern military mother; a feminist, British military spouse, and lifestyle journalist, writing about real life adventures.

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