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.
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.
“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.”
“Part memoir, biography, family history and philosophical treatise, it's a book that is both heart-rending and strangely affirmative, an attempt to find the real meaning in Jeff's life and death.”