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May 24, 2009

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Rick Hamrick

John, in researching Penny Coleman, I discovered her valiant efforts to bring to light the tragedy inherent in how our government has treated returning troops suffering from post-traumatic stress injury.

She married a Vietnam vet in 1971 who later committed suicide. It was decades before she began her study of the issue, and her book, "Flashback," published in 2006, was the result. Her testimony before a congressional committee in 2007 is available on Youtube and is compelling to watch.

[it turns out that the author of the book on women covering World War II is actually Penny Colman (no "e" in the last name). She also has written a number of other books, including one on female spies during the Civil War]

John Ptak

Oops--thanks for the info on Colman and Coleman, Rick; I appreciate it.

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