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Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam pdf Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam, ebook Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam, epub Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam, doc Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam, e-pub Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam, Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam 32cedff1e9b Lynda Van Devanter Was The Girl Next Door, The Cheerleader Who Went To Catholic Schools, Enjoyed Sports, And Got Along Well With Her Four Sisters And Parents After High School She Attended Nursing School And Then Did Something That Would Shatter Her Secure World For The Rest Of Her Life In , She Joined The Army And Was Shipped To Vietnam When She Arrived In Vietnam Her Idealistic View Of The War Vanished Quickly She Worked Long And Arduous Hours In Cramped, Ill Equipped, Understaffed Operating Rooms She Saw Friends Die Witnessing A War Close Up, Operating On Soldiers And Civilians Whose Injuries Were Catastrophic, She Found The Very Foundations Of Her Thinking Changing Daily After One Traumatic Year, She Came Home, A Vietnam Veteran Coming Home Was Nearly As Devastating As The Time She Spent In Asia Nothing Was The Same Including Lynda Herself Viewed By Many As A Murderer Instead Of A Healer, She Felt Isolated And Angry The Anger Turned To Depression Like Many Other Vietnam Veterans She Suffered From Delayed Stress Syndrome Working In Hospitals Brought Back Chilling Scenes Of Hopelessly Wounded Soldiers A Marriage Ended In Divorce The War That Was Fought Physically Halfway Around The World Had Become A Personal, Internal BattleHome Before Morning Is The Story Of A Woman Whose Courage, Stamina, And Personal History Make This A Compelling Autobiography It Is Also The Saga Of Others Who Went To War To Aid The Wounded And Came Back Wounded Physically And Emotionally Themselves And, It Is The True Story Of One Person S Triumphs Her Understanding Of, And Coming To Terms With, Her Destiny


10 thoughts on “Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam

  1. says:

    Through the mirror of my mind, through all these tears that I m crying, reflects a hurt I can t control Reflections by the Supremes, 1967For those that remember the great TV series China Beach 1988 1991 notable as one of the first weekly shows in America to finally depict the divisive Vietnam conflict here is the memoir which supposedly served as an inspiration to the production staff Of course, it s much graphic than a network show could be at least at that time , and that is certainly a strength of this excellent book.Devanter was a Baby Boomer, growing up in suburban Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C in a typical nuclear family with patriotic parents who had lived through the Great Depression and WWII Stirred as a teenager by JFK s inaugural address and his New Frontier ideals, Devanter trained as a nurse and then joined the U.S Army in her early 20 s She was quickly shipped to 71st Evac the busy 71st Evacuation Hospital in the Pleiku Province of central Vietnam where she spent her tour in 1969 1970 as a surgical nurse, performing jill of all trades work on an ceaseless line of wounded and maimed military personnel She details her work and experiences with both humor and horror although not on the front line of combat as a soldier, the position was still a very stressful and dangerous one but her story doesn t end once she arrives home to the relative safety of the U.S.After being spit on and verbally abused by protestors outside of San Francisco International Airport an ominous moment upon being shipped home Devanter spends the next decade suffering from PTSD mood swings, nightmares, flashbacks Of course, it places great strain on her subsequent employment, her family relations and her marriage, but eventually she meets an effective counselor and joins a veterans group I appreciate her needed service to this country during the unpopular war, and it was a relief when she found some inner peace I m glad she shared her story with us.


  2. says:

    Just re read this book after having read it for a seminar class on America in 1960 s almost 20 years ago This book is easily the most powerful Vietnam memoir I have ever read.


  3. says:

    I can t say how sorry I am that I didn t read this book 20 years ago when everybody was coming home from Nam and I was in my own world I have a great appreciation for all Vets, men and women who are in any war area I found this book on display at Arlington Cemetery in the WOMENS building My daughter pointed out that day after reading the displays that the women didn t receive the same benefits as the men Then I had to read this book It sure is an eye opener to what they had to endure during deployment The lack of respect when they came home and that nobody cared about them Their lives had changed, along with their old friends, family and jobs If you know if anybody who was in Nam and they experienced trama, drinking, drugs and nightmares please read this book.


  4. says:

    My wife has been pestering me to pick up Lynda Van Devanter s memoir of serving as a nurse in the Vietnam War for years The thing is, I don t really like memoirs all that much Too often they spend a third or of the book going over the kinds of start at the beginning backstories which don t really add as much to the framing of the meat as the authors think This is especially true of stories where either childhoods were especially harsh and difficult nearly always highlighted in tales of survival as the place the narrator learned how to never give up or were or less idyllic usually setting up a grand disappointment or disenfranchisement later It s rarely as simple as these narrative devices let on and they just sort of bore me, especially since I usually only care about the hook of a memoir, something the author can describe that I ve not heard about before I ve heard plenty of stories of happy and sad childhoods Spare me.Home Before Morning isn t exempt from this memoir itis, relying on the idyllic childhood context to contrast the horrors of war and show how the oppressive futility of trying to piece dying soldiers back together shattered her once peaceful little existence Whatever else you may say about the meat of the book and the skillfulness of its crafting, the basic premise is hardly novel That doesn t make it bad, I suppose, it just makes it familiar I guess it s difficult to look at a book about a naive Catholic nursing student volunteering for a tour of duty from my lofty 21st century ivory tower, decorated as it is with all the dissecting literature, film and coursework of the past forty years and not say, Well, jeez What did you expect, lady Still, Van Devanter managed to make a slow but effective incision in my post irony viewpoint and drag me back to a time when patriotism wasn t just a jest adopted by people to serve a political purpose, when ideals weren t viewed with cynicism and suspicion wrought from too many disappointing years under questionable leadership Home Before Morning shows, in a way, the birth of all that, chronicling at its best moments the death not of an individual s innocence, but of a nation s.Some of Home Before Morning doesn t completely work The last third of the book is devoted to Van Devanter s return to the States, chronicling her disenchantment with what she and other vets termed The World The World was unhappy with the war and for the most part shamefully took it out on the soldiers who, as Van Devanter points out, largely were as opposed to it as those who hadn t gone into the service Some of this section is powerful, riveting and insightful but parts of it drag a bit as she describes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder faithfully but without near as much passion and impact as her tales from the one year in the 71st Evac The choices of what to skim past her marriage and what to bog down in detail her stint as a dialysis nurse and mostly what to try to weave as a narrative thread aren t always the best A key example for this is the recurring theme of the question that continues to plague her throughout the war and the aftermath Why For as often as Van Devanter asks the question, she never makes any serious attempt to answer it, even when some thoughtful introspection about it would be deeply appropriate like in the epilogue where she describes her return to Vietnam in 1982.A couple of places where Home Before Morning really shines is in its depiction of the horrors of war through the lens not of the hyper masculine killing machines in the infantry units I m thinking of works like Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket , but through the eyes of the sort of ironically necessary medical personnel who have to be on hand to try and undo the work of the warring soldiers on both sides For some reason the idea that the trauma of war would seep into the lives of medics never really occurred to me, as if treating wounded soldiers was no traumatic for hospital staff than the doctors and nurses working in a Stateside facility in a particularly violent neighborhood I m grateful to the book for giving me a different perspective, one that extends to all emergency medical personnel.One thing I wish Home Before Morning had was a follow up the book s narrative stops in 1982 and I had to go online to find that she eventually re married, had a daughter and passed away in 2002 and spent a lot of the years between the publication of the book and her death serving as a spokesperson for women veterans and that this book was in part the inspiration for the television series China Beach Obviously that s not the kind of thing that would appear in this book, but I was interested enough in the tale, and in Van Devanter herself, to want when it was over I guess that says something in itself.


  5. says:

    thank you, Lynda, for writing this brutally frank and difficult book It has been 40 years since the Vietnam War ended I was just a child protesting like so many millions of others against an unjust and undeclared war and hating returning soldiers not spitting as she experienced, but vocally agreeing with those who did seeing all of them as baby killers and personally responsible for Mai Lai. I have long since acknowledged how wrong I was in that regard, how unjust and downright horrible that particular anti war behaviour was And I am very moved and saddened to read of your experience Lynda your pain, heart ache, your unrecognized, unacknowledged and un legitimized PTSD and the hell you experienced you and virtually every young man and woman not to mention Vietnamese citizen who went through during those awful years Thank you For your efforts in the operating room, for your compassion, for writing this book I am passing it along to a freind whose husband is a vet and still, after 50 years, experienceing the hell of Vietnam in his nightmares and untreated still PTSD.


  6. says:

    Lynda Van Devanter is a completely honest author She s going to tell you about her job as a nurse in Vietnam and she isn t going to hold anything back That s why I love her.There are many books about the soldier experience in Vietnam The Things They Carried is a pretty good one but I really enjoyed reading from the persective of a nurse, it s not a thing you think about much but if I had been alive during that time, I probably would have been a Vietnam nurse There were so many of them.This book is brutally honest It is not for the weak of heart but I do reccomend it for fans of war books who are accustomed to all of the gore.


  7. says:

    This book is an incredible heartbreaking look inside what it was like to be a nurse during the Vietnam war It ll make you think and realize how much so many sacrificed during that war I recommend this book to anyone interested in a insiders point of view and not a boring history professors.


  8. says:

    Tragic story of American nurses life on the front lines of Vietnam War.


  9. says:

    I read this book many moons ago it rocked my world Having uncles who fought in Vietnam, having a unspoken agreement not to mention it, this book quenched some of my thirst for curiosity also was support for myself when I served in the military The women who served before I did, served hard paved a way for myself I respect honor them This story is about one of those women I hold in high esteem.


  10. says:

    I read this for the first time as a teenager and it stayed with me I found a copy at the local friend s of the library books sale and I was so excited I read it again and it still moved me What amazing people were in Vietnam, working hard, and coming back to a country that treated them terribly.


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