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Homeward Bound: American Veterans Return from War (Praeger Security International) Kindle Edition

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Length: 224 pages

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Unlike most histories of American veterans or veterans' organizations that focus on groups from a specific conflict or era, Taylor's work chronicles the struggles faced by American veterans throughout our history. Each chapter begins with a battlefield vignette designed to take the reader back to a given conflict. This is followed by an explanation of the situation and of the reception veterans faced when they returned home, as well as the evolving response of the federal government to veterans' needs and benefits. Among the issues Taylor explores are social readjustment/acceptance, training, placement, and hiring preferences; medical care and disability compensation; education; retirement and burial. The work also examines to what extent the treatment of women/minority veterans has differed, as well as how veterans' issues have affected women/minorities in society. The chapters are followed by appendices that list veterans programs and organizations. Accompanying photographs relate still other stories—those written on our veterans' gallant faces.

"The recent media and congressional furor concerning the deplorable conditions facing veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the less trumpeted difficulties many recent veterans are facing in receiving adequate care and readjusting to life back home likely came as no surprise to author Taylor, who describes similar situations throughout American history from the Revolutionary War to the present. With treatment of veteran experiences of the aftermaths of the Revolutionary War, the Mexican-American War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, foreign wars of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, World War I the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the first Gulf War included, he covers such issues as social readjustment and acceptance, job training and placement, medical care and disability compensation, education, retirement, burial. He also provides coverage of the often-differing experiences of women and minority veterans."


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"Taylor records the problems American veterans have faced when they returned home from various wars….Homeward Bound relates many of the shared experiences and hopes of those who served their country and describes the difficulties they encountered moving from battleground to the home front….Veterans, those who share in their lives and readers who enjoy history will appreciate the insights of Homeward Bound."


ARMY Magazine

"With more than three hundred footnotes, the Taylors' work is extensively researched. Each chapter is organized by an in-depth historical account of a conflict and immediately followed by accounts of the veterans' homecomings. In addition to the enormous amount of facts, the authors provide a wonderful anthology of personal stories from veterans of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the current Global War on Terrorism. By weaving these personal stories throughout the book, Taylor skillfully connects the pieces of history together….[T]his book should be of major importance to legislators and policymakers who have a say in revamping and reestablishing veteran's benefits. More importantly, this book is educational to all citizens so they become more aware of the unbelievable sacrifices our servicemen and women have made and continue to make."


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By blending the historical experiences with the psychological and social obstacles faced by American veterans from the Revolutionary War through the conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, Taylor chronicles their struggles as they try to realize their dreams when they return home from distant battlefields.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2645 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (February 28, 2007)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2007
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NCE578
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Richard Taylor was a soldier for all his adult life, serving in Vietnam, Europe, Grenada, The Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan, and numerous posts in the United States. His service led to an understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices made by soldiers and their loved ones.

He documented his experiences over two tours of duty in Vietnam in Prodigals: A Vietnam Story, published by Casemate in 2003. The manuscript was an award winner at the Pike's Peak Writers Conference the previous year, earned a nomination as a Georgia Writer of the Year, and the book was a featured selection by the Military Book Club.

His history of veterans is documented in Homeward Bound: American Veterans Return from War, published by Praeger Security International in 2007, republished by the Naval Institute Press in 2009 as a featured selection for the Association of the United States Army.
Taylor is retired from active service but is still involved with veterans' organizations.

Other books include The Falcon and the Dove, Berlin Rendezvous, Eden Lost, Return to Eden and Almost Eden, plus a collection of war poetry--Rhythms of War. Coming is Living in a Museum.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Larson on October 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Drawing from extensive research, Taylor gives the reader firsthand accounts of soldiers returning from war and adjusting to the changes in themselves, their loved ones and society itself while they were away.
Taylor also chronocles the way the government has treated veterans over the years regarding medical treatment, education and other benefits. It would be most beneficial for every legislator read this book. Even more, if every citizen read this book to become aware of what sacrifices our military has made and continues to make as they resettle back in the counrty for which they so valiantly fought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Krohn on October 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a book about how veterans have been received after the guns grow silent. What makes this come alive are the dozens (hundreds?) of anecdotal stories, seemingly selected for there interest and relevancy. I read on a commuter train, and it made the trip tireless for about a week. Taylor really does an outstanding job capturing both sides of the veterans' issues: deserving reward vs charity for the pitiful. The book flows easily, but it's obvious the amount of research was staggering.
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Richard Taylor has taken a subject that's been swept under the rug (and sugar coated when brought out for viewing) and given us an easy to follow, well researched account of what returning vets face.
From the Indian Wars and the Revolutionary up to the present day, each chapter includes personal accounts and facts regarding the disregard and uphill battles soldiers continued to face once home. Joblessness, homelessness ,addiction ,and an inability to re-connect or relate were the main problems left unaddressed for years. This is a book about the needs of these men and the government support or the lack therof. The author has brought to the forefront a topic each and every one of us needs to understand and not shoo away as being 'not important enough'. Bravo Mr. Taylor!
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