The National Guard and Reserves is comprised of remarkable men and women who work behind the scenes as our nation’s supplemental fighting force. It’s a part-time job with a full-time commitment that involves the entire family. They wear the same uniforms and train to the same standards as America’s full-time military. And when called to service, they fight right alongside the active duty. Nobody knows the difference. Yet they are very different.
Twenty-Percent Soldiers is the true account of one couple’s life in the National Guard through eighteen years of part-time warfare. With humor and humility, Kevin and Susan Dellicker portray what it’s like to jump back and forth between having a “normal” civilian life in small-town Pennsylvania and conducting special operations missions in Southwest Asia. A tribute to all the part-time soldiers and their families who have been fighting the Global War on Terrorism since 9/11, this story is also a call-to-action for politicians and military leaders to fix a broken family support system that is failing the part-time force.
Twenty-Percent Soldiers reinforces a truth that all Americans can embrace: With perseverance, love and faith, ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things.