Book Review of Wounds of War
Vietnam Veteran Paul Cox just did this review of my new book Wounds of War for Beyond Chron.
New Book Sets Record Straight on the VA
by October 16, 2018on
As a Vietnam veteran who served in the Marines between 1968 and 1972, I am all too familiar with the wounds of war Suzanne Gordon describes in her excellent new book. Like so many people who served in Vietnam, I live with PTSD, health issues from Agent Orange exposure, the skeletal wear and tear from lugging heavy packs in the jungle for 18 months, and hearing loss—much luckier than many, unluckier than some.
I know how hard it was to get Congress and the VA to recognize these—and other—wounds of war. Thanks to veterans’ efforts over many decades, veterans have benefited from what the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has done to address them.
That’s why this book is both important and timely. Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans tells the story of one healthcare journalist’s journey through our nation’s largest, and perhaps most misunderstood—mischaracterized, actually—healthcare system.