[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]
After the Storm, Paul Drew
Because I still get requests for this memoir of the Vietnam Era and my participation in it, I have ordered a second printing. It has arrived.
Colonel David Hackworth, the most highly decorated soldier in Vietnam, now deceased, was kind enough to read my manuscript and then endorse this book. He wrote:
The Vietnam War betrayed a generation of Americans who fought the war in the trenches and in the protest rallies and homecomings. Drew tightly captures it all and beautifully sums up for those of that doomed generation: “We, the people, must never let that happen again.” A powerful and important book. A must-read to understand what went wrong during a very bad war.
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I submitted my manuscript under the title Betrayed. That is the way I felt, and that is what I thought the book was about, betrayal of a generation. After having a professional reader look at the ms., the publisher asked if it was OK to change the title to After the Storm. Here is the back cover blurb:
As a 19 year-old draftee, Paul Drew could never have predicted the impact that combat and the underlying mood of the nation would have on himself and his fellow soldiers. These were soldiers who fought not directly for their families, homes, or to enhance their professional military careers, but principally to just get back home.
Thirty-five years later, the social stigma still stings for most Vietnam vets, “they were drug-addicted baby killers–drones behind a war that was an embarrassing mistake and failure.”
After the Storm is not Drew’s diary from combat, but honest observations about his generation, the career politicians and those responsible for the conduct of the war, and the events that laid the groundwork for the state of the nation today–a nation that still has yet to learn to hate war but respect its warriors.
Drew examines the strategy and the policy that unfolded. The arrogance of former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara who in his self-proclaimed brilliance reduced soldiers into business-like assets. Drew confronts his continued feelings of betrayal and the consequences of still trying to catch up and emerge once again as American citizens.