Introducing Claude R. Hurst Jr., author of The Ravings and Savings of a Vietnam Veteran

“I’m waiting for the virus to die down to have some local signings but have already sold many books with self-advertising. I’m looking forward to the my next publishing experience with Outskirts Press.”

Claude R. Hurst Jr. graduated from high school in May of 1966, joined the Marines in June 1966 and was in Vietnam by mid-December, 1966. He is active in a Vietnam Vet group in Huntington, WV, plays music for Chapel at the Woody Williams VA Hospital and still writes and sings about the war. He has a B.A. in Education and a Masters in Special Education. These activities help him deal with P.T.S.D. but mostly love and Christ get him through.

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Book description…

Ever go on an impossible journey? Experience one with me – of war, faith and love by reading my book then you’ll realize you have been on one too! Unpopular war, faith and love are the three themes of “The Raving (I) and Savings (II) of a Vietnam Veteran.” Also Loose Ends (III) incorporates and connects all three themes. Part I incorporates poems and one short story to give the reader some insight into the Vietnam War in 1967 along the DMZ. Mamasan brings the war closer to everyday life of the people of Vietnam. Always there and the story “The Mad Minute” bring you closer to the war and to the writer’s life. Part II tells of faith in God and how it can help you in the journey that is life. Finally, Part III intertwines a variety of the consciousnesses of the writer. The long journey for this writer is woven into the poems and one short story. Forty-nine years of coping with P.T.S.D. without the help of anyone but his wife. Encountering faith, love, loss, frustration, injustice, rejection, disrespect, non-understanding, unpopular war, and coming home to a thankless America in 1968 are the fabric of this book’s writings. Now Vietnam is far away yet always near and faith and love are so dear. The journey continues with each new day and makes a way!

Introducing Paul M. Ryan, author of The Vietnam War Experience: Reflections on the War and Its Consequences

“I’m very pleased overall with every phase of the publication process.”

Paul M. Ryan lives in Northern California with his wife. They are blessed with three children and ten grandchildren. This book reflects the author’s experiences in Vietnam and experience representing hundreds of veterans and others seeking disability benefits based on psychiatric issues.

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A view of the Vietnam War and its consequences. This book reflects the reality of the Vietnam War, and other wars, in terms of war experiences and events. Themes of this book include the psychological, physical and emotional effects of the war in the context of the war itself and in the context of societal reactions to the war and its veterans. Society as a whole reacts to veterans in many ways. The book conveys these themes through short stories and poems that shed light on the war, which are meant to provide insights into the war and its consequences for the warrior. The book also explores the war’s consequences to veterans in the context of their adjustment to society and to how society responds to them. While the book focuses on the Vietnam War, it provides a perspective of war in general. Overall, this writing is a testament to those who served in wartime. It is intended to inspire readers to think deeply about the ramifications of war in general, and the Vietnam War in particular. Those who served in wartime will understand these writings. Others will learn about war and be able to view war through the eyes of the warrior.

Introducing Steven D. Schultz, author of We Marched Through Hell: A Rural High School’s Service in the Vietnam War and Life in its Aftermath

“Since I had never written or published a book before, I was rather ignorant to the process and nervous about what to expect. The staff at Outskirts Press were patient with me and guided me through the process. If I write another book, I will most definitely do so through Outskirts Press.”

Steven Schultz enlisted in the Army prior to the end of the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany. After completing his education, he was hired at Porterville College, eventually becoming the Vice President of Student Services. He was responsible for the development of the college’s first-ever Veterans Resource Center.

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The fighting stopped, but the war continues. We Marched Through Hell is not a book that merely compiles war stories during the Vietnam War. Rather, the book places readers in the various stages that students from a rural high school went through in the 1960s as our country was being torn apart at the seams by the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. Those stages included making the decision to volunteer or take their chances on the draft; going to college or moving to Canada; experiencing the ugliness of segregation while stationed in the South; leaving a home at peace to a home at war; living in Vietnam; experiencing the war while in the bush, in the air, on the rivers, on the bases, or while providing support to the troops. Then, when they went home after their time in the war was over, these veterans faced protesters at the airports and animosity from their own communities. But for many of them, the war never really ended as they continue to battle through their personal wars with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and physical injuries still needing rehabilitation. The book also looks at how the war affected the family members and friends of the veterans. Some suffered with the profound loss from the death of a loved one, while others still struggle with their family members as they deal with rehabilitation from the physical and psychological injuries they suffered as a result of their experiences in Vietnam. Their war never ends.