Ft. Wayne Vietnam Veterans Speak with One Voice: 'Hope and Healing Now Possible'

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New book combines the stories, poems, and essays of thirty Vietnam veterans from the Ft. Wayne, IN area. Written by vets and for vets, "Made in America, Sold in the 'Nam" 2nd Ed. (pub date: Nov 2006, ISBN 1932690247) provides hope and healing for all who have been touched by war. Each veteran shares their experience of the war, their struggles with PTSD since the war, and together comprises a fervent plea for understanding. This book by Rick Ritter, MSW and Paul Richards is a must-read for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families at home.

New book combines the stories, poems, and essays of thirty Vietnam veterans from the Ft. Wayne, IN area. Written by vets and for vets, "Made in America, Sold in the 'Nam" 2nd Ed. (pub date: Nov 2006, ISBN 1932690247) provides hope and healing for all who have been touched by war. Each veteran shares their experience of the war, their struggles with PTSD since the war, and together comprises a fervent plea for understanding. This book by Rick Ritter, MSW and Paul Richards is a must-read for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families at home.

"Made in America, Sold in the 'Nam" (2nd Edition) by Rick Ritter, MSW and Paul Richards tells the stories of thirty Vietnam veterans born and raised in the Ft. Wayne, IN area in America's heartland. The first edition, published in 1984, was a groundbreaking effort from the members of the Vietnam Veterans Association (VVA) chapter in Ft. Wayne. However, the primary editor lost his own life a couple months later in a tragic and senseless automobile accident. Co-editor Rick Ritter, a disabled Marine veteran, social worker, and longtime resident has rekindled the flame in an expanded edition spanning more than four times the size of the original. Each story, essay, and poem represents a unique and hard earned point-of-view of the impact of a war on man's soul. Never has this message been more relevant than today as thousands of men and women muster out of Iraq and Afghanistan and must prepare to redefine their own vision of the world for the rest of their lives.

Ritter, himself struggling with both service-related injuries and lately with the effects of chemotherapy, worked hard to bring this anthology to fruition. He writes, "This book is not only a tribute to the untimely nature of Paul's demise, but also a true continuation of the primary theme of the book: the journaling of my former clients from the Vet Center during the 1980s (with a few supplements). I have continued to work with veterans from other conflicts and wars, including soldiers from other countries and former enemies as well. As such, it is clear to me that regardless rhetoric or spin, the human costs of war continue to mount in an alarming measure. We remain seemingly unable to communicate or live with our fellow travelers in this life."

The new Second Edition includes material by the spouses, adult children, and other survivors of the war.

  • For Viet Nam Vets: an opportunity to verify their experiences against experiences of others leading to validation and perhaps even an airing of their suspicions and fears about themselves. No matter how long it has been, healing is possible.
  • For Families of the KIA: peace and understanding about the experiences of their loved one and if they have letters from their loved ones, perhaps a way to fill in what could never be spoken.
  • For Adult Children and Spouses of Vets: empathy for their war experience, in spite of whether or not there has been communication about how it really went down.
  • For Vets of Recent Conflicts: a shortcut to understanding the overall experience of war and how one copes with its indelible marks. Discover the commonality of those who have endured their time as warriors.

"Made in America, Sold in the Nam" is Book #2 in the Reflections of History Series from Modern History Press (MHP). MHP is an imprint of Loving Healing Press which is based in Ann Arbor, MI.

ISBN 1932690247

280 pages (hardcover)

Trim 7"x10"

Distributed by Ingram Book Group.

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