Vick is a 64 year old Veteran that servied his country im Vietnam and is today so disabled do to the mistreatment by the VA system over the years, as he seen his friends one by one comit suicide (6 in 2 months) vick gave up the fight, intil he remarried to his wife in 1989, she is disabled with MD and she help him fight the VA system. His doctors told him to write down his time in Vietnam and it blow up into this book. Vick hope the new vets will not go through the hell with the VA as he did.
Below Eaglesby Vick Fallon
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Fighting a war on foreign soil is being in the middle of Hell with its dangers and unknowns looming everywhere all the time. A member of the U.S.A. military should not have to fight a similar battle the rest of his disabled life on his own turf! But that is what happened to this Vietnam veteran. And it is doubly sad to say that it has and is continuing to happen to military personnel of every conflict since Vick Fallon's time in military service. He has written a clear and compelling account of his life while in Vietnam and back at home as he tries to obtain medical treatment for the migraines and fugue states which PTSD brought about, including amnesia of his time "in country," (Vietnam). When the discs in his back became herniated, he sought medical help from the local VA Hospital and was turned away on a cold January day, because his "back condition" was "not in his records or noted on his mustering-out DD214 paper" when they relieved him of duty and sent him home two months early, because of PAIN!
His father-in-law had to help him into the back of a pickup truck, and he lay upon a mattress wrapped in quilts to travel the hour and a half to the VA Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. When he arrived, the neurologist would not even travel the few feet to examine him. Nor did he allow anyone else to treat Vick! Vick was given pain pills, a two week supply. Two weeks later, when the pills were gone, Vick needed relief and traveled back to the VA Hospital in the same manner as before. They refused him service a second and a third time and the doctors would not see Vick as a patient. They did not know and would not have cared that Vick was a decorated hero with commendations. On the third visit in dire pain and having been refused treatment, Vick told them to just give him the pills and he would take all of them right there in the waiting room and die --that he could stand the pain no longer (after a month of dealing with excruciating pain).
Become enlightened as to the treatment that our servicemen face in trying to obtain medical treatment from VA hospitals by reading Below Eagles. It also deals with the hated "Regional Offices" which is empowered with determining whether a service person receives benefits and services. Their slip-shod practices still continue to this day, as was noted in the newspaper recently that the VA Regional Office in St. Petersburg, Florida sent service persons' files out to be shredded after being put on computer discs, and the individuals' person information may have been stolen! That means Social Security number and age and military number and home address, you-name-it! No need to worry about criminals barging into your home; your government has already shown you of whom you must be wary: your government!
The book reads like a novel. Read not only of Vick's disappointing attempts to relieve his bodily agonies, but those of him psyche. Then see what happened when a kind and talented psychologist hypnotizes Vick and how they both find out what really happened in Vietnam to make Vick angry... so angry it gave him headaches of the blinding kind. Did Vick overcome all obstacles to getting medical help? Did he find peace in his soul? Did he find something to live for, or did he give up? There is much you need to find out. If you know a veteran, especially a wounded or disabled veteran, you will want to read this book. It may help you and the veterans you know.
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It's not hard to under stand about the VA, ust go to a DMV or another government office a sak a question.... and we staand up on Veterans day for them?