So, who fits the soldier with the emotional and spiritual prosthesis? “Where The Light Enters” is a memoir about the impact the Vietnam War had on one soldier’s life. It is a healing story, a spiritual journey, and the path taken in search of redemption, reconciliation, and reconnection. It is not a war story but rather a story of war.
Through a collection of short pieces, the author conveys the transformation from a loss of innocence and purity of heart through the struggles endured as an Infantry Rifleman with the 101st Airborne Division during the historic Battle for Firebase Ripcord — from the disillusionment, betrayal, and the loss of self to what the author endured after returning home. It is about the path followed in pursuit of as full a measure of peace in life as might be possible and encourages others to pursue theirs. Moreover, this memoir shines a light on the noble and heroic story of what heart and strength of character it takes for men to struggle through years against themselves and the intense, inner wound of PTSD, and succeed.
This memoir transcends the Vietnam War, giving voice to all those struggling to put words to their own mental narratives. It further suggests a social prescription to assist reintegration into community. This finely crafted work has many layers — emotional, physical, behavioral, ethical, political, spiritual, the importance of family, and the bonds with fellow soldiers — all woven artfully into the tapestry of the author’s life story. Conveyed in a raw, straightforward presentation without being crass or superfluously graphic, its descriptions are vibrant and visual, drawing emotion from the reader. This memoir shines a ray of hope upon both veteran and non-veteran, and anyone seeking redemption and forgiveness.