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Angel of Death: True Story of a Vietnam Vet¿s War Experience and His Battle to Overcome PTSD, the ¿Cancer of the Soul¿ Paperback – March 6, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (March 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595463568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595463565
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

SFC Blehm is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran from Oklahoma. Nothing in his specialized training or his experience in 8 ½ years in the Army prepared him for the war after the war, the battle with PTSD.P>Karen Blehm married John in 1982, blending a family of five. They now have eleven grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Karen retired from Arizona state government in 2003 and is active in their church.

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The VA needs to read this book so they understand what PTSD is all about.
Richard Durso
I really hope that those soldiers who have been through so much will really take the time to read this book.
the sickpuppy
Thank you, SFC Blehm, for the guts it took to pen this amazing and life changing book.
Jill B.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill B. on January 19, 2011
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I found out about this book after having it recommended to me while my husband was deployed. Through a program I founded for the spouses of deployed soldiers, I found myself being confronted almost daily with the marital wreckage caused by combat stress reactions. I liken the families to the "walking dead". These families are like zombies; present in body, but absent in the soul. Sometimes, the soldier has suffered his initial stress during his first of four deployments, and the family has been in an emotionally amputated state ever since. Mr. Blehms book gives insight into the thought process of a solider whose confronted with two "rights" that cannot be reconciled, because the are simultaneously, wrong.

This book is not only eye-opening to me as a spouse who works with other military families, but it is eye-opening as a human being. It, for me, is the kind of book that makes real the point that we cannot judge. We will never have enough information to judge what we would do in someone elses shoes. It is heart-wrenching to think what these service members endure, not only in action, but in the eyes of those who piously, on the outside looking in, criticize, scrutinize, and issue a verdict on things their own natural mind couldn't possibly grasp in full. Ah! We are so quick to condemn!

SFC Blehm, is an unlikely hero. A hero whose strength emerges from his decision to surrender to his own percieved weakness. But make no mistake, SFC Blehm, the reader is not hindered by the same perception. We recognize your strength as we stand with you in the sickening stillness of the morbid jungle, and also in the crisp air under the weight of your comrades' printed (and unprinted) names on the wall of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
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By pjj on February 7, 2011
From the first words of this book, I was captured--a prisoner of war of sorts. The intense descriptions of the physical and emotional realities of war give the reader a taste of PTSD themselves, just enough to begin to understand that every soldier who has ever faced combat has already given their life for their country--whether or not they died on the battlefield.
John Blehm's story bears beautiful fruit from such intense pain as he shares his ongoing healing from these scars; and so bravely and vulnerably exposes his struggles in order that others may share in the healing. I have so much admiration for Mr. Blehm's courage in battle and for the perhaps-even-greater courage it took to write this book. Truly he has in his thoughts the numbers of other soldiers and vets who are carrying this unbearable burden through life.
This is a book to have several copies on hand to share with those who are confused and feeling hopeless after they return from war or their loved one returns from war. There is hope to be found within the pages of this book.
Every American should read this book to appreciate the great price being paid for our freedom and security. Thank you, Mr.Blehm, and stay brave.
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As an Army blue star mother and the co-author/illustrator of books for Military children, the things that impact our soldiers are of personal interest. I knew of PTSD of course, and had the head knowledge of what that is supposed to mean. I found that I knew nothing at all until I read this book by John Blehm.

John writes a disclaimer in the beginning that he is not a writer, but don't believe that for a moment. The story draws you in, and you stand with him in the jungle of Vietnam. You are there feeling the confusion and frustration of being home and seeing everything as frivolous and lacking meaning. My heart was broken by the brokenness, and inspired by the incredible courage it must have taken to write such a book.

I have always thought, as the mother of a solder, that those sons and daughters that fight for the freedoms we mostly take for granted, belong to all of us as a nation. I believe that even deeper now. It is our blessing to reach out and try to understand, as far as we can, what the cost of that freedom really is.
Thank you for a life changing book, and for pointing the way to true healing.
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