Winfred Roy Compton II The Walking Wounded

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The Walking Wounded

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9780982331972: The Walking Wounded

These are the jourmals/memories of Winfred Roy Compton II. Born in the small Michigan town of Haslett, "Win" or "Wayne" as he called himself, joined the Army in 1967 shortly after graduating from high school, and was quickly deployed to Vietnam.
Upon his return, suffering from one of the first diagnosed--but untreated--cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Winfred embarked on a life of homelessness and alcoholism. He traveled for nearly 30 years back and forth across the country, from Miami to Seattle, New York to Los Angeles, living in hobo camps, under overpasses, in refrigerator boxes, broken-down buses, abandoned buildings, flophouses, and from time to time in homeless shelters maintained by charities like the Salvation Army.
Winfred died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on August 14, 2006, but shortly before, he mailed these papers to his sister back in Michigan for her to do with as she chose.
As we follow the author's journey, we learn along with him how to survive on the streets: what to do when arriving in a new city; finding a safe place to sleep;locating soup kitchens, shelters and other resources; and figuring out how to get enough money to buy alcohol every day, whether through labor pools that offer employment by the day, selling blood to blood banks, collecting bottles or panhandling.
There are incidents of terrifying brutality, but also acts of great kindness and decency when members of the homeless community work together to protect the weakest among them. Throughout, the author keeps his sense of humanity.
Winfred's message to us? We are all only a step away from being on the streets ourselves. What happens after an eviction or bankruptcy? The poor, the physically and mentally ill, victims of abuse, runaway teens, the cast-off elderly, broken families, the disabled, the jobless, drug addicts and alcoholics from every socio-economic class, and many, many Veterans, populate this nearly hopeless--and often invisible--world around us.

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Winfred Roy Compton II, or "Wayne" returned deeply damaged by his time in the army at war in Vietnam. He spent the next 30 years as a homeless alcoholic. He kept a journal and collected his memories for what he knew would be this posthumous book.

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