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Where do I start? Dan Walsh is an excellent writer . . . The Vietnam war era was a blight on our country and the way the veterans who served so courageous in that unpopular conflict were treated upon their return home, well, to me it is one of the most shameful times in the history of our nation. This author, who has never served in the military, has somehow been able to capture the pure essence of what it is to serve, to give up one's dignity, one's honor, everything one has, including life itself for another human being. Having two son's who have served in Iraq, and one of them headed soon to Afghanistan, this book touched me in the deepest parts of my being . . . I started listening and couldn't stop. My husband and I grew up in the era of the draft and my husband joined the army at the end of the Vietnam war, when every young man was terrified of being drafted. Something that our young people have no concept of today. WWI and WWII had it's heroes. Vietnam was a disgrace supposedly, so those young men who came home disfigured and disillusioned, didn't come home as heroes. The humility, faith and care that Aaron's story is told will stay with me a long, long time.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Definitely. I'd recommend it for someone who appreciates the sacrifices of our men and women serving in the military. Not that it's a "military" novel, it is about a group of men who carefully and proudly exhibited comradery.
What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The effects and aftermath of serving in the millitary.
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Any additional comments?
As a veteran, I can really identify to the closeness you develop with fellow military members. There are pieces in your mental and emotional psychy that civilians will never get. There were many parts where it brought me to tears and this is an absolute "must-read". If you want to understand the military member in your life, past or present, PLEASE read this.
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