Whoever wants to read this story, Stephen’s Story, must realize that the distressing sections written within the pages are part of his story. To hide or even “sugar coat” the agonizing effects that Vietnam had on him would be an insult to him, and all of the other soldiers who have lost their battle to PTSD. No one can ever change the past. However, we can learn from our past transgressions and create hope for the future. Stephen and his family had many good times together. He had a wild and comic presence. This book wants to show all of his sides – the little boy, comedian, soldier, student, brother, and son are only a few. No one can explain why Stephen felt guilt or shame after returning home from Vietnam – or why any soldier feels shame, remorse, or guilt when they come home from war. Perhaps this story can be used as an example to educate others as to how PTSD destroys the human soul.