Back from War: Finding Hope and Understanding in Life After Combat

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Back From War: Finding Hope and Understanding In Life After Combat is the harrowing narrative of 1st Lt. Lee Alley and his year in the horrors of combat in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam from 1967 reflections on the years since. Additionally, it is the true accounts of twelve other contributors, their time at war and stories of their return home. All of them discuss feelings of maladjustment, loneliness, depression, bouts of PTSD and negative family repercussions that are similarly felt by many of our nation's ...
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Back From War: Finding Hope and Understanding In Life After Combat is the harrowing narrative of 1st Lt. Lee Alley and his year in the horrors of combat in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam from 1967 reflections on the years since. Additionally, it is the true accounts of twelve other contributors, their time at war and stories of their return home. All of them discuss feelings of maladjustment, loneliness, depression, bouts of PTSD and negative family repercussions that are similarly felt by many of our nation's veterans of foreign wars. Lee Alley made a life for himself, but never spoke of his war experiences. Thirty-two years later, he and his "brothers-in-arms" began to reconnect and have recently begun to heal some of their suffering by gathering at veteran reunions. Lee Alley's message is clear: America's soldiers are forever changed, but they are never alone. Back From War is dedicated to all veterans and their families as a guide for the readjustment to civilian life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780976732945
  • Publisher: Exceptional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/5/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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As 1st Lt. of Recon Platoon of the 5th/60th 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam, Lee Alley displayed extraordinary courage and valor that earned him a hero’s reputation. Among his honors: Army’s Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts and a nomination for the Congressional Medal of Honor. Lee has a heart for all veterans.
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Table of Contents


Introduction   General Tommy R. Franks     ii
Dedication     v
Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     x
Prologue     1
The Adventures of War
A Quote From Former President Ronald Reagan, Commander-in-Chief     6
The Battalion 500     9
Indian Country-The Battle of Fire Base Cudgel     16
Rebuilding Recon     35
Number Ten GI     38
Bandido Charlies     47
Jaeger-The Day After     56
The Last Bag-Drag     61
It's Great to be Back Home?     64
Reflections - It Still Comes Back     73
Photo Section: A Selection of Wartime Photographs     77
Back From War
Genesis of the 5th/60th Infantry Association     85
Come Join Your Family Again     86
Our Little Group Grew Ever So Slowly, But Now-Wow!     90
Hey, We Can Laugh-Off to Denver     93
The Denver Reunion     98
A Strange Key to Unlock the Door     102
Reflections of Family Members of Veterans
Our Relatives Speak     113
Forgotten Honor     114
I Don't Believe in Coincidence Anymore     117
A Virtual Wall of Remembrances, Miracles &Reunions     119
Witnessing     129
Jimbo Fought His Battles Alone     133
The Letter     136
Welcome Home, My Brothers!     151
Reunions a.k.a. Miracles     157
A Man-Made Hell Called War     158
We Will Always Be There for Our Veterans     167
My Life Took On New Meaning     173
Our Medics, Doctors, and Nurses     178
The Fates Tied a Knot in My Thread     179
I Pulled My Chair Next to His Bed and Took His Hand     184
"Duty, Honor, Country..."     189
In Combat I Had the Intuitive Feeling of a Past Connection     190
And There Have Been Some Rough Times     193
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Kevin Robinett, MD     194
The Day the Real War Began for Me     196
I'll Never Forget the Look in Their Eyes     208
There Is No End     215
It's Only a Movie     216
Secure the Area & Close Down
Epilogue     223
The VA Claims Process - Getting Help Early; How To Do It Right     225
Other Sources to Contact for Help     227
Dos & Don'ts     232
Reunion Sample Agenda     235
About the Authors   Lee Alley     238   Wade Stevenson     240
Author Notes   Lee Alley     242   Wade Stevenson     244
Glossary of Terms     247
Index     252
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