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Alison Buckholtz

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Alison Buckholtz, a military wife and mother of two, used her Slate column, "Deployment Diaries,” to shed a light on the difficulties faced by military families, offering a candid account of her family’s struggles during her husband's deployment to Iraq. She expanded on these issues in her acclaimed novel, "Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War,” and in columns in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and more.

Alison and her family have received recognition from the White House for leading the conversation on the experiences of the roughly 10,000 Jewish U.S. troops and their families.


  • Arts & Culture

  • Sustainability

  • Middle Eastern Relations

Popular Speeches

What's a Nice Jewish Family Like Yours Doing in a War Like This? An American Military Wife's Story of Service in a Post 9/11 World
Lessons from a Young Military Wife: A Jewish Family's Experience in the post 9/11 American Military
Making a Difference in the U.S. Military: Creating Jewish Communities on the Go
Supporting Jewish Troops in the U.S. Military: What American Jews Can Do

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