The House of Purple Hearts: Stories of Vietnam Vets Who Find Their Way Back

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Presents the story of the New England Shelter for Homeless Vets, chronicling its 1989 founding by two Vietnam veterans and describing its treatment options for detoxification, Post-trauma, and job training. 35,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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A powerful, heartbreaking and inspirational account of the first years of the revolutionary New England Shelter for Homeless Vets -- an account that exposes the terrible effects of the Vietnam War on the men who fought it.

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The image of the dysfunctional, war-crazed Vietnam veteran whose heroic service in Southeast Asia was ignored or ridiculed by those at home is strongly entrenched in America's popular imagination. Along with the widespread belief in governmental duplicity on the missing in action, it is an enduring legacy of Vietnam. Journalist Solotaroff offers a prime example of this viewpoint as he relates the life histories of a number of veterans and outlines the short history of the New England Shelter for Homeless Vets. The personal narratives of the now middle-aged veterans are compelling portrayals of men whose wartime memories and post-Vietnam alcohol and drug abuse has pushed them to the brink. However, the powerful impact of these stories is continually negated by Solotaroff's wild and unsubstantiated opinions on the homelessness, suicide rates, etc., of the veterans. The story of the Vietnam veteran's adjustment to civilian life awaits a legitimate, disciplined writer and researcher. Not recommended.?John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib., Loudonville, N.Y.
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