From the fateful day in 2007 when Jeff died, to his family’s long drive between CFB Trenton and Toronto where flag-bearing Canadians gathered in unprecedented numbers, my memoir walks you through the paces of a family that has paid the ultimate price.
Author of For Your Tomorrow: The Way of an Unlikely Soldier
When I learned that my nephew, Captain Jeff Francis, had been killed by an IED in Afghanistan, I knew I had to do two things: help my sister and Jeff’s family survive his loss and—to deal with my own grief—finally understand why my nephew needed to become a soldier. Everyone thought that Jeff, who had been a thirty-year-old Ph.D. candidate in sociology, was immune to the family calling to military life. But five days before 9/11, he enlisted.

Steeped in the lore of my family’s Scottish and military roots, and my nephew’s readings in philosophy, Buddhism and mythology, For Your Tomorrow delves into the mind and spirit of a reflective soldier..


Paperback edition, published May 1, 2012
Hardcover edition, published May 3, 2011
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“Jeff Francis gave his life not only for his comrades and their mission; he gave it with the firm conviction that it was his duty to humanity. This detailed account of the two lives of a Canadian captain reveals his metamorphosis from a student-philosopher to a dedicated military leader and father, deeply committed to his family and ancestry. A most worthy read.”
Project Heroes: Three artists
honour Canadian soldiers
is a national exhibition of portraits and memorabilia being created by artists Susan Abma, Shairl Honey, and Cindy Revell as a way for Canadians to show their gratitude to the soldiers who died in the Afghanistan war.

Visit the Project Heroes website here
Melanie Murray, 2011
—Hon. Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d), author of Shake Hands with the Devil          and They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children
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Embedded on the Homefront: Where Military and Civilian Lives Converge
is a new collection of essays and stories from writers who've been affected by the military: family and friends of soldiers, returning soldiers or ex-soldiers.
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