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Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite
Linda Gosson shares the story of a soldier who serves two terms in Vietnam, returns home to be diagnosed with PTSD and is hit with a second-degree felony charge because of his attempted suicide. Innocence Lost: The Story of a Vietnam Vet will open the eyes of those who have never set foot on Vietnam soil and experienced the horrible effect of that tragic war. One of the most gripping stories one could ever read about the tragedy of the Vietnam War. While Linda Gosson writes about a man who will remain nameless, the story is one that people everywhere need to read to better understand the difficulties that those who have fought in any war have experienced.
The sad thing is, this veteran experienced worse treatment in the jail system in the United States of America than he ever did in the jungles of Vietnam. People need a better understanding of those who have fought for our freedom. Vietnam soldiers continue to live with so many vivid scenes of things embedded in their minds. Replaying these events over and over in their minds; never being able to escape these horrible events. While this story is not pretty or even easy to read, the highlight is when this man finds Jesus Christ while in jail. Even with difficulties, he was able to find the most significant answer of all time. Did that mean all of his issues went away? No, they did not, but he was able to make a friend that was unlike all the others who had forsaken him. Anyone wanting to learn more about the Vietnam War and how it impacts the lives of soldiers and family members, this book is a must-read, highly recommended. One of the finest books ever on Vietnam.