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Tainted Seas: My Sailor's Story

Tainted Seas: My Sailor's Story

by Linda Jo Heffner
Tainted Seas: My Sailor's Story

Tainted Seas: My Sailor's Story

by Linda Jo Heffner


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So many love stories stop at the wedding vows...when couples pledge to love each other "for better or worse, in sickness and health, til death do us part." But not this one.

In 1968, Linda sat next to a handsome sailor in the Penn State cafeteria. Who could resist a handsome sailor? Not Linda, who fell head over heels in love. Against the backdrop of the tumultuous sixties, they married and had three children, and Bud became the Navy officer of his dreams.

But their perfect Navy family life unraveled with Bud's frightening symptoms hearkening back to two tours in Vietnam. A sudden collapse led to a diagnosis virtually impossible for a vital young man.

While Linda raised their children and followed her vows to care for her husband, two questions plagued her:

How could her young and healthy husband suddenly have such a sinister cancer? And how could his beloved Navy abandon him?

On a mission of love, Linda spent years unearthing what really happened to Bud, only to find that the military that discarded him had hidden the truth about his illness for decades.

Tainted Seas is the true soulmate story. The sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-breaking tale follows this passionate couple coping with tragedy, and the continuing journey of a woman dedicated to justice for military families shattered by the very institutions they nobly served. Linda finds confidence in conflict in the face of agent orange in this true military love story. A loving wife on a mission of true love and truth proves that nothing can stay hidden forever—even against the power of the US government. Take a walk in Linda's shoes through her tear-jerking debut memoir.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781958893128
Publisher: Dudley Court Press
Publication date: 11/02/2021
Pages: 454
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Linda Jo Heffner has been a science, mathematics, and computer science teacher. She also paints, sculpts, and writes. She holds a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, a Masters’ degree from Kutztown University, and thirty-two post-graduate credits.
A widowed mother of three at age thirty, Heffner only recently discovered the truth behind her husband’s early death. Now she wonders how the U.S. military can abandon the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who served their country in time of war. Through her books*, YouTube channel and speaking engagements, Linda articulates a fervent plea for justice for military members and their families who have been shattered—in ways seen and unseen—by wars, both past and present.

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