More Than A Memory: Reflections of Viet Nam , Victor R. Volkman
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by Victor R. Volkman, ISBN: 978-1-932690-65-1
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Four decades on, the legacy of American involvement in the Viet Nam War still looms in the lives of the veterans who experienced it firsthand. This new anthology of poems, stories, and essays looks at the war through the lens of both past and present perspectives.

Featuring the work of fifteen veteran writers, the scope of the book defines how modern warfare affects the lives of those who lived it and subsequently their own families after returning from the war. It is their hope that through this book you will be able to feel something of what they have felt and that it will inform you about the role that this conflict continues to play in their lives.
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Biography :

Victor grew up as a computer geek, bought an Interact Model One computer with his life savings at age 14 and never looked back. Before he finished highschool, he had taken BASIC, FORTRAN, COBOL, and 6800 Assembly Language classes. He earned his BS in Computer Science at Michigan Tech University (cum laude). The next 10 years, he concentrated on writing for computer programming journals such as C/C++ Users Journal, Windows Developer's Journal, The C Gazette, and others. During this phase, he wrote computer programming textbooks including "C/C++ Treausure Chest" and "Windows Programming with Shareware Tools."

In 2003, he formed Loving Healing Press out of a project in the Self-Expressional and Leadership Program (SELP) at Landmark Education.

Book Review :

Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) is the new kid on the block, or is it? Certainly, the diagnostic category may be new, but the emotionally tumultuous concoction behind it seems to have been around since the dawn of human consciousness. Victor Volkman has compiled a bundle of stories and poems from Viet Nam veterans who are struggling with PTSD, for decades now, after their involvement in combat. "More Than a Memory: Reflections of Viet Nam" is part of the Reflections of History series put out by Modern History Press. This short, 221-page paperback dossier places in the reader's hand a bundle of firsthand accounts on the personally harrowing struggles of over 15 authors, in the form of narrative and verse.

The one major theme that gradually dawns on the reader is that almost every writer in the book is rehearsing their battle with PTSD. From hyper-vigilance and anger to depression and self-medicating drug abuse, each participant bares their bleeding soul. Many of the accounts are about the gruesome events of combat, loss of friends, violent actions of fellow GIs under constant stress, individual fear, the absurdity of leadership decisions, and numerous regretful events that still feed on the writers' psyches. These veteran combat soldiers and Marines bring out the grueling and gory death they lived through, in brusque and harsh detail. These are not sissies! These are men who need relief, who want release, and some of whom have finally found reprieve.

Overall, this is an important resource for those professionals or family members trying to help combat veterans struggling with PTSD. It may also be a step closer to healing for those veterans wondering what is happening to them, who worry if they're normal, and where might they go for help. I highly recommend this book.

(Dr. Michael Philliber)

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