Healing Wounds: A Vietnam War Combat Nurses 10-Year Fight to Win Women a Place of Honor in Washington, D.C.

Healing Wounds: A Vietnam War Combat Nurses 10-Year Fight to Win Women a Place of Honor in Washington, D.C.

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In 1983, when Evans came up with the vision for the first-ever memorial on the National Mall to honor women who'd worn a military uniform, she wouldn't be deterred. She remembered not only her sister veterans, but also the hundreds of young wounded men she had cared for, as she expressed during a Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C.: "Women didn't have to enter military service, but we stepped up to serve believing we belonged with our brothers-in-arms and now we belong with them at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. If they belong there, we belong there. We were there for them then. We mattered."

In the end, those wounded soldiers who had survived proved to be there for their sisters-in-arms, joining their fight for honor in Evans' journey of combating unforeseen bureaucratic obstacles and facing mean-spirited opposition. Her impassioned story of serving in Vietnam is a crucial backstory to her fight to honor the women she served beside. She details the gritty and high-intensity experience of being a nurse in the midst of combat and becomes an unlikely hero who ultimately serves her country again as a formidable force in her daunting quest for honor and justice.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162774211
Publisher: Permuted Press
Publication date: 05/26/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 510,206
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Diane Carlson Evans, a former captain in the Army Nurse Corps who served in the combat zone of Vietnam is the founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, Inc. She served as president and CEO of the Foundation’s board of directors—headquartered mainly in Washington, D.C.—for thirty years. Today she advocates for veterans and speaks nationally about the contribution of women during wartime. Evans has received numerous honorary doctorate degrees and prestigious awards from civic and veterans organizations. Learn more at www.dianecarlsonevans.com.

Bob Welch is a seasoned journalist and the award-winning author of more than twenty books. Among them is American Nightingale, about the first World War II army nurse to die after the landings at Normandy. The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High-Jump Revolution won the 2019 Track & Field Writers of America’s Book of the Year.

Galloway was a Vietnam war correspondent from 1965-66, and in 1971, 1973, and 1975. He is co-author of We Were Soldiers Once… and Young, made into a movie; We Are Soldiers Still; and They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans. The only civilian to be awarded the Bronze Star with V by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war for carrying a badly wounded man to safety while he was under very heavy enemy fire in 1965.

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