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From the Forward

The WMU students in the Spring 2013 Issues in Aging: Service Learning Course learned from people who lived through World War II. Over the course of the semester, students moved from discomfort when calling strangers for interviews to expressing passion for finding the best ways to share the stories and lessons learned. Students strengthened their communication and planning skills and focused on learning more about an earlier generation. Students were moved by the memories of deep sacrifices and loss. They were amazed by the frugal lifestyle required during the World War II Era, and were honored to peek into the early lives of those who had served our country in the military and on the home front.

The students worked as a group to develop interview questions, the book title and chapter headings. Graduate student Lisa Fall volunteered her time to organize the interview results and Jeana Brown compiled the final book draft as a graduate assistant.