As the Vietnam War drags on, many in the
United States are angry— or indifferent about the war and with
the soldiers who fought it. Three people experience the
animosity and apathy that threatened to split our nation in two.
A twenty year old soldier returns home with a spinal cord
injury. Expecting a world that is sympathetic to his experience,
he instead discovers one that criticizes and condemns. Assigned
to Walter Reed Hospital for rehabilitation, he soon finds
himself drawn into self-doubt and dread while having to face the
challenge of his physical limitations. As he attempts to work
through the psychological demons that plague him, he meets other
soldiers that are going through their own kind of
hell—disfigurement, isolation, and despair.
A young nurse completes her tour of duty and returns home with
her own scars of war to a husband that no longer knows her. As
she tries to reintroduce herself into the normality of everyday
life, she learns just how much the war has “wounded” her.
A 21-year old student nurse prepares to go to Vietnam while
facing the discouragement of her peers. Torn between loyalty for
her country and the ever-present protest of ending the war, she
is unsure of her decision
These three lives intersect and each learns how to triumph over
their past, their present, and their uncertain futures.
Cassilly brilliantly cuts to the human side of one of the most
controversial wars in American history. His book is a stunning
tribute to American soldiers, their loyalty to each other and
their determination to reclaim their lives, told through
memories, dreams and stories. It is an accurate and chilling
account of the social and emotional climate that these young men
and women encountered upon their return and during their
About the Author
Joe Cassilly served in Vietnam as a Ranger in the U.S. Army.
He has a psychology degree from the University of Arizona and a
law degree from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Cassilly taught
law at a community college, served as a criminal prosecutor and
has been the State Attorney of Harford County, Maryland from
1982 to the present. He received the prestigious honor of
Outstanding Marylander with a Disability, and this year was
elected President of the National District Attorneys
Association. He lives with his wife, Diana in Benson, Maryland.
Decoration for Valor is his first novel.
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