“Readers will never again be able to delude themselves that men who go to war can walk away from it unscarred, even if those scars take years to surface.”Robert Timberg, author of Blue-Eyed Boy and The Nightingale’s Song, a NY Times Notable Book of the Year
“As a veteran of that era, I felt every word of every page. Putzel has delivered a gripping and touching work of art.”W. Craig Reed, New York Times bestselling author of Cold War III: How the U.S. Navy can Defeat Putin and Halt Climate Change
"A great story...that needs to be told"Bob Schieffer, CBS News
"An 'All Quiet on the Western Front' of the war in Vietnam"Bill Kovach, former New York Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor, co-author of 'Blur: How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload'
"This book is a triumph of both dogged, fair, accurate journalism and a singularly brilliant immersion into a world most readers will find literally incredible."Randolph C. Harrison, combat veteran, journalist, author
"Superb, one of the finest books of the Vietnam War era"'Avid Reader,'

The Price They Paid is the stunning and dramatic true story of a legendary air cavalry commander in Vietnam and the soldiers who followed him into the most intensive helicopter warfare ever—and how that brutal experience has changed their lives in the forty years since the war ended.

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A cure for PTSD?

Posted by Michael Putzel • November 10, 2015

Among the most frustrating aspects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the poor recovery rate of those who suffer, often for years or even decades.

The Department of Veterans Affairs–VA–has approved several methods of treating the stubborn, disabling psychological and physiological symptoms of the usually invisible war wound, but none of the various tactics has proven particularly effective.
The journal Pharmacy & Therapeutics has reported that nearly nine out of ten veterans treated for PTSD are given one or more drugs in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, better known by brand names such as Prozac, Paxil or Zoloft.

A wide array of those and other prescription drugs are frequently tried in combination “cocktails” because symptoms and results vary widely. Antidepressants and antianxiety medications may be used along with antipsychotics, painkillers, sleeping pills, stimulants […] READ MORE

Connecticut Lions distribute The Price They Paid to local school systems

Posted by Michael Putzel • October 30, 2015

Robert Howard II was four years old when an American commander in Vietnam wrote him a letter telling him his father had died bravely in battle. The boy’s father had been a hometown sports hero, and the son grew up trying to emulate a man he never really knew.

As an adolescent, Robert II turned bitter and self-destructive, using illegal drugs to ease the pain and anger he blamed on having lost the hero father who left only a shadow that seemed to follow the young man everywhere. The boy was destined for disaster. In fact, a drug-induced seizure nearly killed him two days shy of the twentieth anniversary of his father’s death on Hamburger Hill.

Robert Howard II signing copies of a book that includes his story of growing up without a father

The angry […] READ MORE