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Taken from Coming Home by Fred Samia:

I left my 3rd Marine Battalion tank company at Con Thien at the DMZ in January of 1968 and less than 10 days later, I was walking the streets of San Francisco as a civilian. (Drunk, I missed my scheduled flight out of the country, certain that I would die that night in a rocket attack on DaNang airfield.) I didn't know the term then, but I am sure that I experienced culture shock. Not only because I was in the heart of the Peace and Love Hippie movement soon after the "Summer of Love," but also because there was no sense that there was a war going on. The red mud of the "Hill of Angels" was still oozing from my pores and my buddies were still ducking (and sometimes dying from) NVA artillery shells there, but here in this All-American city, life was being lived "normally." I was heading to my parent's home in New England but stopped first to visit friends of theirs who lived in Alameda, just across the bay to the east of the city, who graciously welcomed me into their home.... Read More

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  3. Agent Orange's Long, Brutal Reach by Jan Barry
  4. War's Long Reach (poem) by Jan Barry
  5. To the Future (poem) by W. D. Ehrhart
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  9. Radio Free Devens by Marc Levy
  10. Returning by E. C. Streeter
  11. We Still Need To Oppose Privatizing the VA by John Ketwig
  12. Coming Home by Fred Samia
  13. Through the Looking Glass (poem) by W. D. Ehrhart
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  15. Report from Hanoi: Vietnam Revisited by Barry Romo
  16. Coming Home In Vietnam by John Ketwig (reviewer)
  17. Waging the War Within by Timothy Farley (reviewer)
  18. Two Reviews of Self-published Books by Min Warburton (reviewer)
  19. He Was Right (poem) by Larry Booth
  20. PTSD (poem) by Woody Powell
  21. Our Veterans by Kim Scipes (reviewer)
  22. And in the End by Tony Cokely
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  30. Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories by Min Warburton (reviewer)
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