Behind the Grassroots Effort to Make Military Families TIME's 2011 Person of the Year

Military Families
Military Families

You've probably seen it on Facebook, at the Daily Kos, on Wordpress, or in a newspaper: LIFT, or "'Like it for TIME," the grassroots effort to get TIME magazine to consider the military family as its 2011 Person of the Year. The campaign began on Facebook; hence, the request to "like" it. And you might have thought, "What's so special about military families?"

There is the story of the soldier, the story you know because you've seen it in at least 10 movies and may have even read about it. And then there's the other war story, the one you know significantly less about.