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LIVES ON HOLD, (2nd edition)Volume 1, Captive to the Vietnam War, ISBN 978-0-9855511-0-0 released April 2012 ($15.00 plus shipping and handling $3.50 per book) Read the firsthand account how it was for young couples during the 1960's-70s waiting and wondering about the Selective Service Draft.  The mood of the population was in decline due to the increasingly unpopular war, especially after the 1968 Tet Offensive. During the time of the Vietnam War the lives of this generation were in a turmoil with lives on hold waiting for the next turn of events. Those who became draft eligible and received a notice in the mail had to make a decision of whether to report when ordered and cross that line in the sand that would separate them from much of the population, or take another direction. The author details life of the typical infantryman in the jungles and mud of Vietnam and how love and prayers at home helped him through the darkest hours of his yearlong tour. Carnage and blood, death and dying, killing so as not to be killed, sent the battlefield brothers home with battle scars, mental as well as physical. Volume 2 describes how the stigma and experience would haunt the returning Veterans for a lifetime as their families tried to understand. ____________________________________________________________________  

Lives On Hold- Life after the Vietnam War

Lives On Hold- Life after the Vietnam War

LIVES ON HOLD, (2nd edition) Volume 2, Life After Vietnam, ISBN978-0-615-80589-4 released April 2013  ($25.75 plus shipping and handling $3.50 per book) The author describes, through personal experience what life can be like for any family who ever lost a loved one while still in their youth and living at home, or off to war. This episode in the author's life brings to light interesting coincidences to contemplate. Are these "coincidences" part of the Lord's plan, or were they just that, coincidences? For world history, the Vietnam War ended in 1975, but not necessarily for the American Vietnam Veteran during the 45+ years since returning to a "not so welcome" home (friends and family excluded).     The author interviews many members of his "temporary family" from the battlefield, and is surprised to learn nearly all are still suffering similar effects from that time. The members were part of an infantry company and suffer yet to effects of death losses, horrific sights of maimed bodies, killing and dying, and being deemed "baby killers" by many on the home front. To the author's surprise and joy, he learns many of his battlefield brothers are also his Christian brothers and they share a double brotherhood. Many returning Vietnam Veterans were often welcomed home by being spat upon, taunted, and degraded by people of his own nation. Through organized reunions, the brotherhood served to support one another in dealing with those negatives. In the last decade, after the tragedy of 9-11, public opinion of their veterans who loyally reported when called to an unpopular war has swayed to now one of growing appreciation .

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