Ex-Marine Force Recon Luke Sims is a veteran of two wars: Vietnam and the one inside his head. He’s spent the last fourteen years attending self-help group sessions at a local Veterans’ Center to help him be normal, to cope with the memories and trauma of his tour of duty. On the outside he seems fine. But looks can deceive and it’s not long before Luke goes to war with his incredible skill set against his inner demons and the depth of his pain is at last revealed—with deadly consequences.
Based on real in-country legendary events of uncommon valor, unbelievable luck and supreme dedication to brethren, By What Is Sure To Follow dramatically follows one veteran’s path, chronicling unknown exploits into North Vietnam during the early years of the Vietnam War. With stark realism, it reveals the potentially devastating aftereffects of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) on those who go to war and painfully decries the failure of a nation to protect and heal its warriors when they come home broken.
This in-country events described in this book all happened, either to the author or those he knew. They were melded together into a third-person story, with factious names and characterizations, which is the only way he could write about them. He still suffers from PTSD at times today.
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A Southern California native, Donald N. Burton enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1966. During his nearly four years in the Navy, he did three tours to Vietnam, logging over 250 hours as a helicopter air crewman gunner and attaining the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. Don is currently President of Dunlap-Stone University, a private online accredited university he founded in 1995. Don and his wife, Valeri, live in Arizona. Don wrote this book as therapy for his PTSD.