Vetville: True Stories of the U.S. Marines at War and at Home

Vetville: True Stories of the U.S. Marines at War and at Home

by Mike Sager
Vetville: True Stories of the U.S. Marines at War and at Home

Vetville: True Stories of the U.S. Marines at War and at Home

by Mike Sager

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Mike Sager has been called “the Beat poet of American Journalism.” Vetville collects the best his stories about the Marine Corps. Together this tetralogy of long form pieces charts a life story arc of the modern Devil Dog.

It begins at Camp Pendleton, CA, on field exercises with Lieutenant Colonel Bob Sinclair and his BN One-Four—the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment—as they prepare to invade Afghanistan, the first wave of American combatants sent to war after the deadly terrorist attacks of 9/11. “You realize that your country has been attacked,” he says. “You wanna strike back.”

From there, we head to the Wounded Warriors Barracks at Camp Lejeune where we meet Ringo, Cebula, Wildman, Lieutenant Colonel Maxwell, and the rest of the men recuperating together at a unique barracks where wounded Marines harness their esprit de corps to help one another through emotional and physical recovery. We hear their battlefield stories of war and heroism. And their stories of injury and despair. And we discover the soft center that lives beneath the tough exterior shell of the Marine Corps mystique—a deep love of comrades and country. “Wounded Warriors” was awarded a number of awards, including The Military Writers Society of America Founder's Award.

In “Vetville” we visit a small farm in the mountains of Tennessee, where a Marine sergeant, in an effort to save himself and others, has opened his doors to veterans whose deep wounds don’t necessarily show. And, we catch up with John Cebula, one of the men encountered aboard the Wounded Warriors barracks. Without a supportive network around him, he has turned to drugs.

Finally, in “Fifty Grand in San Diego,” we focus on the return to civilian life after the corps, with a look at a modern version of the American Dream—an ex-Marine playing Mr. Mom and finding his silver cloud in a dirty diaper.

Wounded Warriors was awarded:

*The American Author's Association Golden Quill Award

*The Military Writers Society of America Founder's Award

“Entertaining and fascinating. At the end of the book, you will find yourself changed in some way. Call it empathy, or just a compassionate response to have seen and become aware of another man’s pain and suffering; but you will remember these men that you read about long after putting this book to rest.” --Military Writers Society of America

Sager has written a gripping account of how these Marines are coping with their combat-altered lives. An experienced interviewer, he lets the Marines’ stories speak for themselves…Powerful stuff.” --Leatherneck, Magazine of the Marines



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ISBN-13: 9781950154074
Publisher: Sager Group LLC
Publication date: 05/18/2019
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Mike Sager is a bestselling author and award-winning reporter. For more than forty years he has worked as a writer for the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, GQ and Esquire. He is the author of a dozen books. Many of his stories have been optioned for or inspired films. He is editor and publisher of The Sager Group. For more information please see www.MikeSager.com

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Author’s Note

The Marine

Three months after 9/11, Lieutenant Colonel Bob Sinclair and his Marine battalion are in the first wave of American combatants headed to Afghanistan. “You realize that your country has been attacked,” he says. “You wanna strike back.”

Wounded Warriors

Meet Ringo, Wildman, Sergeant D, Lieutenant Colonel Maxwell, and the rest of the Devil Dogs at the Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. From day one, the Marine Corps trained them to be lean, mean killing machines. But what happens after the machine is broken? A report on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the human aftermath.

Vetville

More than 2 million Americans have served in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Many returned wounded, thousands have committed suicide—nearly 25 percent suffer from PTSD or major depression with little hope of relief. On one small farm in the mountains of Tennessee, Alan Beaty and his ragtag squad of Marine vets have found a modest solution—taking care of each other.

Fifty Grand in San Diego

Shun Ducksworth lives with his wife and two kids in a duplex condo close to the beach. And not far from the edge. A look at the modern version of the American Dream—an out-of-work ex-Marine playing Mr. Mom, finding a silver cloud in a dirty diaper.

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