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One Month, 20 Days, and a Wake Up

One man’s story of what it meant to be a PJ.

Book CoverIn 1966, the political leaders in Washington and the Pentagon made the decision to escalate the war in Vietnam. In doing, the demand for a trained military far exceeded the supply. In an attempt to meet this demand, the Selective Service was required to draft thousands of young men into the military and send them to Vietnam to fight in United States’ most controversial war. Most young men were sent with little or insufficient training, where the commanders were required to put their troops into reckless jeopardy to satisfy the political ambition of a few.

One Month, 20 Days, and a Wake Up, follows a young man’s account of his four years serving in the Air Force. This novel follows him and his best friend as they volunteer to cross train into the elite career field of Pararescue. They spend 14 months of grueling training where only the best and those with the desire to push themselves to the limit, successfully succeed in becoming a PJ.

When he graduates and proudly wears the burgundy beret and Pararescue Flash, he knows it is only a matter of weeks; he will be assigned to a Pararescue flight crew in Vietnam. The book follows his 13 months in Vietnam where he quickly learns the horror of war and how he must adapt to not only keep his sanity, also return alive. His story contains several of the rescue missions he and his PJ brothers complete where not all of the rescued are returned alive. When he faces personal bereavement, he must reach deep to restore his integrity, and keep his oath, “These things I do, that others may live.”

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Reviews:

Margaret May Damen
Margaret May Damen

Margaret May Damen:

This is a compelling narrative of one man’s courage and sacrifice for his country. It is also a modern day version of the hero’s journey and transformation from conflict to resolution. The author’s clarity of writing style and rich choice of words brings to life a haunting war drama of tension and turmoil .A must read for a generation of boomers who grew up in the Viet Nam era.”

Margaret May CFP®, CLU, ChFC, CAP® is a charismatic speaker, author, and dynamic seminar leader.  She is co-author of Women, Wealth & Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation, (John Wiley & Sons, 2010) and a frequent and popular national keynote speaker and consultant. Her forthcoming book Your Legacy: Live It, Love It, Leave It! Is scheduled for 2017 publication.

David Benson:

“Top notch book!!! The title tells you what it’s about, and the story inside is quite revealing. Any high schooler or older adult will love this especially if you’re into history. It’s inspiring especially during these savagely negative political times, not to mention influential Americans who are taking a stand AGAINST the freedoms SO many before have sacrificed for us to have. For the price, for the quality, and for those who especially were in the military or come from a military family, you gotta get this book! Enjoy!”

Dr. Sally Witt:

“I was blown away by this book. The author is kind of distantly related to me, so I bought the book to be “nice”…I LOVED this book. The stories just got more and more addictive as I got further into the book. Now I know that the way that the veterans of the Vietnam War and the Korean War were all treated so unfairly, especially considering that the World War II veterans were so celebrated.This story is an inspiration and an incredible slice of American history. I highly recommend it!!”

Patricia Davis:

“This book was recommended to me by a long time friend who is a long time friend of the author and I’m glad she did! I found the book to portray the genuine challenges of those trying to make their way in the world with decisions that define an individual’s future. The story was realistic and honest and I very much  enjoyed the read. I thInk the author for his service. My father is among his Vietnam Veteran peers.”

William Bride:

“Dedicated servicemen who put their life on the line deserve to be recognized. We don’t often hear about these rescuers.”

Steve Laskin:

“This story was gripping and honestly told; revealing and heartfelt. I enjoyed it immensely.”