Why did I begin writing the We Were Soldiers, Too series? This is a question I’m asked often. I suppose every writer is asked when and why they began to write, especially when it comes to a topic as serious as the Cold War. Below is an excerpt from Book 1 in the We Were Soldiers Too series that explains a little more in depth my reasoning behind penning these books. I hope you enjoy it.
I started dreading Veterans Day because I knew I had to go to my grandchildren’s schools for their Veterans Day programs. I had three different schools to visit and knew I would be asked to stand up at two and go on stage with other veterans for the third. The guilt I felt for this would eat me up each year.
Over time, I realized my service was nothing to feel ashamed of. I served during a critical period of the Cold War and the nuclear arms race. Those who served during this era contributed to preventing a nuclear war. Our training and preparations served as a deterrent to the Soviets, keeping them in check until their eventual implosion and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
I volunteered and would have gone to war if the nation required it. Thankfully, for the sake of our country, I never had to. A confrontation would have led to nuclear war. Both sides had nuclear weapons and would have used them. Nobody would have won a nuclear war.
I am certain there are many veterans just like me. To be a veteran who never went to war can be a heavy burden. This led me to realize there are veterans who served in support roles during this war on terrorism but never in combat. There are soldiers who served in reserve and support units that never deployed overseas but were prepared to if needed. I feel certain these veterans deal with the same mixed emotions I do when being thanked for my service. No veteran should ever be ashamed for serving their country.
So I decided to write this book. I wanted to share what it was like to serve during the Cold War era. I thought my story might somehow make people recognize the contributions of all veterans is important no matter when or where they served.
My book We Were Soldiers Too: Serving As A Reagan Soldier During The Cold War (Volume 1) is available now on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.