A semi-autobiographical story of a soldier acclimating to life after serving in the Vietnam War.
A story I found emotionally compelling. Can’t get a closer psychological glimpse into the head of a combat veteran unless you are one or witness their silent and thundering anguish first hand, still never really comprehending their inner turmoil along with haunting demons and the unshakable feeling of guilt, not to mention the horrific carnage witnessed in front of their virgin eyes, their unsurmountable losses of friends and fellow soldiers. Helms manages to paint a detailed rendering of PTSD and living with the unfamiliar person you have become.
“We’ve been through something special, something the World can’t even begin to comprehend. It’s alien to them. They can’t understand it no matter how hard we try to explain, so what else can they do but go on as if it never happened? Hell, it didn’t happen to them. So for them life goes on just like it always has.”
A fictional memoir with more nonfiction creating quite an impact. The struggles faced are raw and heartbreaking. Each character faces a personal issue, as their story’s unfold you begin to understand how deeply wounded and forever changed these men are.
Helms masterfully crafts an intimate unraveling of life seventeen years after enduring the trenches of the Vietnam War – the wounds healed the scars remain, the pain palpable.
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