'Price' named Indie Book of the Year for war and military nonfiction.Foreword Review's top pick of books from independent & university presses.
"One of the best books yet published on soldiers' total 'Vietnam experience'--intense combat in-country and then dealing with its aftermath...a must read."Jerry D. Morelock, Vietnam Magazine
"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,'
"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 'The Nightingale's Song,' a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and 'Blue-Eyed Boy,' his memoir of being grievously wounded and his struggle to build a new life.


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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“Emotional first aid” to head off PTSD

Posted by Michael Putzel • February 07, 2018

My cousin, Judith Putzel, specializes in preventing or interrupting PTSD among people who experience trauma in accidents, natural disasters, etc. She was quoted in an article by staff writer Liora Engel-Smith in the Keene, N.H., Sentinel on February 3, 2018, about extending compensation to first responders with the disorder. An excerpt from that story:

Not every grisly incident triggers full-blown PTSD, said Dr. Judith Putzel, a trauma specialist who is part of a statewide volunteer team called the Granite State Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team. Putzel and other volunteers on the team talk to first responders after particularly difficult incidents, providing what Putzel calls “emotional first aid” — a guided conversation designed to help first responders move past the trauma.

“I would say PTSD, meaning disorder — meaning a really extreme reaction […] READ MORE

The agony of Vietnam may follow soldiers to the end of life

Posted by Michael Putzel • December 11, 2017

The following article written by KQED reporter April Dembosky and published by California Healthline is republished here with permission of the publisher.

Reverberations From War Complicate Vietnam Veterans’ End-of-Life Care

April Dembosky, KQED

Many of Ron Fleming’s fellow soldiers have spent the last five decades trying to forget what they saw — and did — in Vietnam.

But Fleming, now 74, has spent most of that time trying to hold onto it. He’s never been as proud as he was when he was 21.

Ron Fleming, former helicopter door gunner in Vietnam

Fleming was a door gunner in the war, hanging out of a helicopter on a strap with a machine gun in his hands. He fought in the Tet Offensive of 1968, sometimes for 40 hours straight, firing 6,000 rounds a minute. But he never […] READ MORE