Soldiers Once: My Brother and the Lost Dreams of America's Veterans

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Da Capo Press, May 12, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 215 pages
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Catherine Whitney's brother, Vietnam veteran Jim Schuler, died at just fifty-three years old, while living in a flophouse. It had been sixteen years since, in one of his drunken rages, he had last seen his family. He was one of countless veterans who never recovered from the trauma of war and the stress of returning to live in a country that didn't care about his pain.

The story of what happened to Whitney's brother resonates with humanity and has a clear relevance to current national concerns. Soldiers Once puts a very human face on veterans' policies, finding in Whitney's personal drama a broader significance. It is both an investigation into her brother's loss and a meditation on the lost dreams of our military brotherhood.

 

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SOLDIERS ONCE: My Brother and the Lost Dreams of America's Veterans

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Prolific ghostwriter Whitney takes her veteran brother's untimely death—alone at age 53 with just $62 in his bank account—as a starting point for this meditation on what it means to be a veteran in ... Read full review

Contents

Taps 1
1
1 Final Journey Home 9
9
2 An Army of Youth 21
21
3 Jims War 37
37
4 Dust in the Wind 63
63
5 Full Retreat 87
87
6 All That You Cant Be 97
97
7 Brother Lost 115
115
8 Do You Remember Me? 127
127
9 Finding Jim 145
145
10 Watch Fires Burning 161
161
Dear Brother 175
175
RESOURCES FOR VETERANS 179
179
NOTES 189
189
INDEX 205
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About the author (2009)

Catherine Whitney has ghostwritten and co-authored over thirty books, including several bestsellers, such as Where Have All the Leaders Gone? She lives in New York.

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