I wanted to let you know about a book that I received here and has really had a profound effect on me since I began reading it. Narratives of 26 women who lived in Vietnam during the years of war that ensued recount their experiences from being military intelligence, nurses, community coordinators and activists to airline attendants bringing soldiers home from their tours.
I am learning so much more about Vietnam and understanding feelings of the service members with which I currently work. My own husband's reactions to his service are becoming more understandable to me now and I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand family members who are veterans and their reactions to things we take for granted. I highly recommend this book and it is definitely a hidden gem. We need to understand so much more about these special people.
Brooke B. (BrookeB) - , reviewed A Piece of My Heart: The Stories of Twenty-Six American Women Who Served in Vietnam on
This book made me cry and laugh. As a nurse and veteran myself, I understood and felt what some of these women went through. The lives they led and the experiences shaped who they are now. What would have happened to them if we had not been there? A good read.
How can I say this without sounding trite? After a couple of the stories, they all started sounding alike. I'm not making light of any of the stories here, but I started thinking I'd heard this before.... Maybe that's one of the many sad things about Viet Nam, too many sad stories.