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anger even alienate. Shared with others, emotions unite
as we see we aren't alone. We realize others weep with us."
~Susan Wittig Albert

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together, one small step at a time, recording history, educating
America, and we are healing.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"Facing The Wall": Phil Ferranzano

Booklocker.com Inc.
Paperback: 256 Pages

About the Book:

PFC Phil Ferrazano's heartbreaking tale of courage and redemption happened, not in the jungles of Vietnam, but in the States twenty years after the war ended.

In 1988, Phil Ferrazano's visit to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial to honor his comrades of the 9th Infantry Division triggered a flood of repressed emotions and PTSD with devastating results.

He would spend the next ten years confronting his own anger, guilt, and grief, while battling the VA for the compensation and recognition he deserved.

During his journey, he would endure uncaring doctors, inscrutable rules, haphazard medical treatment, and share the despair that drove many of his fellow veterans to suicide.

Phil Ferrazano's story is a testimony to the dauntless spirit and perseverance of all of America's veterans.

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"The book is well-written and telling. I can imagine the author sitting in my living room telling me the story in his own words and voice." ~Linda Rae Williams

"The story told here is one of adventure, heroism and inspiration. One does not need to be a Vet to enjoy every page of this story. Phil has a real talent and I am looking forward to his next book. I haven't enjoyed a non-fiction in quite some time; this book touches on feelings everyone can relate to. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the Vietnam war and the true story of what our men had to endure both on the battlefield and the battle they had to fight once back home with the Veterans Administration. This book will open your eyes to a lot of events most of us never knew anything about." ~fmauro6

"More than anything, Phil tells a story of truth. Very honestly and straight forward, he details the horror of war and the sadness of returning home to a world he loves but somehow, in so many ways, has betrayed him and many 'Nam vets like him. The story must be told for the future. Many veterans are going to be returning home from Iraq and will deserve a more humane homecoming than what Phil and his comrades experienced. Phil has done his best to pave the way for these soldiers. Hopefully, the country will listen and learn from this one soldier's tragic truth." ~Buster W. Newton

"Phil's book is an inspiration for anyone who has ever fought the 'system'. As it details his fight for recognition and for services, it shows how buried in red tape our government has become. 'Numbers' have become more important than the Veteran themselves.

I am proud to have been with Phil when he received his Bronze Star. It was so refreshing to see the young men and women of that National Guard unit come up and congratulate him, and salute him, on something done 30 years prior."
~Walter E. Patt Jr.

About the Author:

Author, Phil Ferranzano (signing books)
Author, singer, and songwriter, Phil Ferrazano served in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division and was involved in the Cambodian offensive of 1970.

He was awarded the Purple Heart as well as the Bronze Star for valor, thirty years after he returned from Tan An Vietnam.

His greatest accomplishment, he says, is his daughter, Michelle, who is a teacher.

Phil also recently was blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, Sophie.

Phil enjoys entertaining and spending time with his girlfriend, Evelyn, a woman who has brought song and music back into his heart. Together, they share a house and a condo on the Gulf of Mexico.

For a personally autographed book, please contact Phil directly, through his website, or Facebook.

“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale

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