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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Book description…

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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Book description…

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.