Soldiers Once

My Brother and the Lost Dreams of America's Veterans

By Catherine Whitney
(Da Capo Press, Hardcover, 9780306817885, 240pp.)

Publication Date: May 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback

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From a bestselling author, the poignant story of her Vietnam veteran brother, whose circumstances in death echo the dismal condition of countless veterans

About the Author

Catherine Whitney has ghostwritten and co-authored over thirty books, including several bestsellers, such as Where Have All the Leaders Gone? She lives in New York.

Praise For Soldiers Once

Kirkus Reviews, 4/15/09
Whitney persuasively argues that her brother’s fate is common among veterans of all ages…Whitney’s goal—to redress a wrong she feels she participated in against her brother and other veterans—is admirable...A poignant memoir and consciousness-raiser.”

Publishers Weekly, 3/30/09
“[Whitney] offers her take on many issues—such as PTSD, veterans' benefits and homelessness—affecting American veterans of wars from WWI to Iraq and Afghanistan.”

BookPage, May 2009
“[Whitney] reflects on the costs of war for a new generation of soldiers sent to fight wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Soldiers Once is part memoir, part meditation and a thoughtful look at the impact of war.”

Military Heritage, 8/09
“A poignant memoir.”

Roanoke Times, 5/24/09
“A remarkably frank account…Should resonate with anyone who has served or had family who served…Soldiers Once is like reveille; it is intended to make us all roll out of our comfortable cots and attend to our duty."

WNTI Radio Online
“[A] tragic and heart-breaking story.”

Army Times, Marine Corp Times, Navy Time, and Air Force Times, 6/29/09
“A heartfelt history of the treatment of America’s veterans…Poignant.”

ForeWord, July/Aug 2009
“Whitney writes with a simple elegance that compares with Ron Kovic’s iconic Born on the Fourth of July…She vividly shows how her brother was a victim, along with thousands of other vets who have died or who are living lives of slow death.”

Augusta Metro Spirit, 7/29/09
“A stunning portrait of the life of a soldier…The author allows readers to empathize with the events of a singular person when considering the issues facing a multitude of people…A poignant personal story that speaks to greater issues facing today's administration as well as tomorrow’s.”

Veterans Reporter (Southern Nevada Edition), September issue “[A] strong, poignant read.”

Gallup Independent, NM. 11/29/2009
“Why is it that dads and granddads are always so hard to buy for? If that’s your dad or grandpa, then here’s an easy gift.”

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