Through sickness and in health…
Sarajane Giere offers a uniquely intimate glimpse into the life of a military wife as she tells the story of her fighter pilot husband, Bernie, a Vietnam Veteran who flew 214 combat missions in the Vietnam War and served twenty-five years in the Air National Guard’s world-class 106th Rescue Wing.
With searing love and explicit honesty, she recounts the terror of the Vietnam years and the lifelong sacrifices that affected her pilot’s life and death. In the telling she honors her husband, their family, and their extended military family, the community she holds dear.
“This is a wonderful book, a monument to the authentic courage of a combat pilot who barely escaped the horror of imprisonment in North Vietnam, and his loving wife, who cared for him throughout the horror of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).”
— John G. Hubbell, P.O.W.: A Definitive History of the American Prisoner-Of-War Experience in Vietnam, 1964-1973
“Sarajane Giere, the author, gives a welcomed and completely different perspective on the Vietnam War in the first part of the book. Detailing her experiences as her husband, an Air Force pilot, flew hundreds of combat missions provided a very different take on the war. Including her husband’s letters sent during the conflict made the story very real for me. After the war, Sarajane’s husband, Bernie, continued his career as a pilot. He flew for several airlines and the Air National Guard but eventually succumbed to ALS. The author made the story of their life together interesting and touching. Her husband, Bernie, was the pilot of their life together. I found My Pilot a pleasure to read. The writing is straight forward and without pretense.”
“This book is a beautiful, heart felt view into one of the most tumultous times in recent American history. Without going into the politics of the era, it simply tells the story of one military family as they survived the Vietnam war. But it’s more than that! This is the tale of that rarest, most sought after, nearly mythical occurrence: a happy marriage. Mrs. Giere takes the reader inside her long, loving marriage through good times and bad, sickness and health, till death parted them. I loved it!”
— Mary Louise Pivec