Helen Benedict was one of the first journalists to notice that American women serving in Iraq were fighting a war on two fronts. In the field, against enemy combatants; and back on base, where they coped with pervasive sexual harassment and assault from their fellow American soldiers. Benedict spent 3 years interviewing women veterans of the Iraq War. She wrote a nonfiction book, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women in Iraq. She's returned to the same subject, this time in a novel called Sand Queen.