Healing from Tragedy and Carrying on My Father's Legacy
Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services, Paperback, 9781616494452, 200pp.
Publication Date: October 9, 2012
On October 25, 2002, Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife, Sheila, and his daughter, Marcia, died in that tragic plane crash. Senator Wellstone was an admired and respected political leader known for his bipartisan spirit and passion for championing causes that impacted the overlooked and underrepresented. As his son Dave reveals in this intimate memoir, he was also a loving advisor and an engaged father who taught his children to live with compassion and to "Think for yourself; don't just go around with the crowd. Never be afraid to take an unpopular stand."
"Becoming Wellstone" is an insider's look at Paul Wellstone in action, revealing the man behind the visionary leader who challenged the status quo. We move with Dave from a childhood of touch-football games, family dinners, and political rallies to a young adulthood engulfed in loss. We see this son struggle to work through tragedy and slowly regain the strength to look ahead--becoming a great leader in his own right, and championing one of his father's great life achievements: the enactment of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, bringing mental health and substance abuse treatment benefits to the masses.
Afterword by Jim Ramstad: cosponsor of the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act
Former Representative Jim Ramstad (R-MN) served in Congress for 18 years, and made ending discrimination against those with addiction and mental health issues one of his chief causes. He co-sponsored the bipartisan Paul Wellsone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.