As the title suggests, the following stories are about side effects. To some extent, they deal with the prodigious precautions one must take when ingesting medication. But, mostly these stories are about the side effects of life experiences, in particular – war. The direct effects of war fill our graveyards. The side effects are in our hospitals. And for many of us, still in our dreams. These stories are centered in and around Veteran’s Hospitals; they are about my experiences in and after Viet-Nam. However, the side effects of war are not exclusive to the veteran. They are endured (or not) by Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Wives, Husbands, Children and Friends. It is my postulation that for every death in Viet-Nam, thirty to forty people at home feels these side effects. (Side Effects). These stories are not written to slight the Veteran’s Administration, or its staff, as they have been very good to me over the years. They are, however, I hope, an indictment of governments and peoples and their propensity for timelessly throwing young men and women into the nightmare of war.
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About the Author
I was born: Fort Bragg, North Carolina, March of 1950. My father retired a Major, in the 82nd airborne, in 1951. My Mom and Dad (Irish Catholic, my mum not so much), had six children together; four boys and two girls, with all of us being first Communioned and confirmed. All (4) of my mother's sons were in the military, and served their country long and well (except my brother Rob, who was killed in action,in March 1969, and then myself). I received a general discharge, under honorable conditions. I was lucky, and I am ashamed, still. Everyone has a thirst for knowledge, or has an interest in some particular area, or subject. The best benefit available for the veteran is an education. You may go back to school at any age. Finally there is this: the best that came back from Vietnam is 'the Veteran' (him or her).
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We all see every day the flag draped coffins carried off planes. But, this book shows us the forgotten persons at home, in our communities, and in VA Hospitals for days, months, or even years. The wars never end, really, for these soldiers and their families and friends. This book is a must read for everyone, regardless of whether they have served in the military during war, peace, male or female.
i heard the stories from the writer as he was writing them down. its a good read and the stories captivate it's readers because it's based from the Veterans point. from someone who was there and lived the life during and after. pick up this book and it'll be in your memory when you see someone or something that brings you back into the book.