Terry L. Gould Receives Award for Novel About Wounded Veterans

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“How Can You Mend This Purple Heart?” chronicles the recovery of combat wounded veterans in a military hospital. The book received the 2013 James Webb Award for distinguished fiction from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, which recognizes authors of books for veterans and others who advance and preserve Marine Corps history.

How Can You Mend This Purple Heart?

It is ultimately a journey of the human spirit, and its triumph over the most impossible odds for America’s wounded veterans, which makes it one of those books for veterans that validates the experiences of wounded warriors returning home.

Terry L. Gould has received the 2013 James Webb Award for distinguished fiction dealing with U.S. Marines or Marine Corps life by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation (MCHF). Gould was recognized for his book “How Can You Mend This Purple Heart?” The fictional tale of combat wounded veterans of the Vietnam era recovering physically, mentally and emotionally is loosely based on his own experience recovering in a military hospital with seriously wounded Marines, Gould said. He was presented the award at its Annual Awards Ceremony Saturday, April 20, at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., according to the Foundation.

“How Can You Mend This Purple Heart?” also earned recognition among other books for veterans with a Silver Medal Award from the Military Writers Society of America in 2010. “The riveting tale is a plain truth, no-holds-barred narrative, stark in its simplicity, detail and humor. ‘How Can You Mend This Purple Heart?’ chronicles a journey of love, redemption, sorrow and joy, a journey of pain and anger, and a journey of hope,” according to the book’s cover. Most of all, it is ultimately a journey of the human spirit, and its triumph over the most impossible odds for America’s wounded veterans, which makes it one of those books for veterans that validates the experiences of wounded warriors returning home, including today’s soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gould said.

“How Can You Mend This Broken Heart?” is available in printed and electronic formats at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com.

Dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Marine Corps history. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds, providing grants and fellowships for research and the renovation, restoration and commissioning of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. It presents 20 awards annually to individuals who have contributed to advancing and preserving Marine Corps history. Details about each of the awards and the winning submissions are available at marineheritage.org/awards.asp.

About the Author
After serving in the Navy from 1968 to 1971, Gould earned a bachelor’s degree in Technical Education from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, followed by a Masters in Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace University, Berea, Ohio. He currently is retired after a 30-year career in marketing, advertising and public relations and resides near Nashville.

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