I hesitated in writing this story for a long time, in large part because I feel it's a sensitive subject, and I wanted to get it right. Some writers do oodles of research, especially if they're writing sci fi or historical fiction. In contemporary romance, that's not always required. I do research my characters' jobs, especially if they're something I'm not familiar with. But I knew in writing this book that I would have to dig deeper than usual, to really get this character right.
Fortunately, I have a good friend from high school who has served in both the Marines and the Army, and he's been wonderful in answering my questions, reading over some of my chapters, and letting me know what's on and what's way off. I've also used character development and concepts from the movie "American Sniper." I've done a lot of reading on World War I & the literature written by and about the soldiers who fought and died in The Great War. And my father-in-law is a Vietnam War veteran with experiences and long-term effects too many to mention.
I'm still nervous about getting it right. I want to honor those men and women who serve, and who then come home and struggle to readjust to a very different world than the one they've left behind. I'm relying on my research to do the best job I can.