Friday, January 23, 2015

Vietnam Veterans as Condemned Properties

(PR) - Written from the heart and experiences of “Dusty” Earl Trimmer, ‘Condemned Property? Our Most Unpopular War Continues for Americans Who Fought in Vietnam...Why?’ takes a raw and blunt look at the Vietnam War, its Veterans and how the nation has let them down. Garnering critical acclaim from coast to coast, readers and reviewers are shocked to learn that the war’s biggest battle wasn’t fought in South-Eastern Asia, but is currently being waged against the Department of Veterans Affairs on home soil. This is a book the VA wishes it could ban, but one that embodies the story of thousands who have previously had no voice.

No other book gives such a frank and honest account of not only the Vietnam War, but how the battle continues to this day on home soil. While previous books include testimonials from Veterans that are not honest, ‘Condemned Property?’ bares all.

“New statistics show that the number of Veterans dying while waiting for treatment is sky-rocketing. VA hospitals are not fulfilling their call to duty and, as a result, we have all but ‘forgotten’ about those who served,” explains Trimmer, who still faces a daily battle against the physical and psychological trauma of events four decades ago. “It’s almost as if we’re a nuisance to the VA, and a lot of the public are blind to the plight we face.”

Continuing, “My book holds nothing back when depicting the truth. I travel the country attending the funerals of fellow Veterans, most who died with unprocessed benefits claims, because their funerals are often the only time they’ll get recognition for all they sacrificed. My book calls the public, the Government and the media to stand to attention and extend their gratitude to a generation of Veterans who earned every ounce of valor running through their blood.”

Accolades for the book have been plentiful. Military Writers Society of America named Dusty Earl Trimmer “Author of the Month” while Chris Callen, Commander for Combat Infantry Association/Ohio Chapter recently awarded him with a Certificate of Appreciation for his work.

Reviews have also been overwhelmingly positive. American Legion Post #383 Commander Thomas Gretchko, a Vietnam veteran Army Ranger, comments, “This may be one of the last great books written by an actual Vietnam War combat veteran. Condemned Property? gives a voice for millions of veterans from all wars by providing the author’s recollections of combat operations in the Vietnam War that the news media failed to provide.”

Michael Christy, editor for, adds, “The book differs from most Vietnam War tomes. It is a collection of interrelated short, seemingly disparate pieces. What it does more importantly is bear witness to the things men do in war and the things war does to men. Horrible things that scar many, if not all, for the rest of their lives. Trimmer personalizes much of it.”

About the Author:

“Dusty” Earl Trimmer has been a marketing professional for over forty years (1972 – 2013), representing billion dollar companies. He served in the 25th Infantry Tropic Lightning Division’s Bravo Company of the 3rd 22nd Regulars during the Vietnam War’s bloodiest years of 1968 – 1969 in South Vietnam’s Iron Triangle area near Cambodia. He served initially as a “grunt”, mostly as a point man for the 1st Platoon of Bravo Company where he was a highly decorated combat infantryman.

When his cuts and wounds from combat became so badly infected from the bacteria, Agent-Orange infested swamps of Vietnam, he was hospitalized with cellulitis of foot and leg. After recovering, he was re-assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s Adjutant General’s office at Cu Chi base camp where he spent his last few months in country.

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