RECOVERING FROM THE WAR: A Woman's Guide to Helping Your Vietnam Vet, Your Family, and Yourself by Patience H.C. Mason

RECOVERING FROM THE WAR: A Woman's Guide to Helping Your Vietnam Vet, Your Family, and Yourself

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There's more to this excellent resource for the families of Vietnam vets than the subtitle suggests. For in order to bring home exactly how critical a vet's problem may be, and what made the Vietnam experience different from that of any other theater of war, Mason (a ""trained crisis, line counselor"" and the wife of a Vietnam vet) devotes more than half of her book to interviewed soldiers' memories of Vietnam--the frustration of working in the rear, the horrors and degradations of fighting it out in the jungle. All this extensive and riveting remembrance lays a dramatic groundwork for the author's subsequent exploration of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and her sound advice on how to help the vet--and the woman who must deal with him (""If your vet hits you, leave""), how to deal with the VA, how to contact twelve-step organizations, and so on. A thorough bibliography and list (with addresses) of helpful organizations close this unsentimental, useful work.

Pub Date: Feb. 13th, 1990
Publisher: Viking