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Sandie Lea says...Dear Barry,
The Vietnam War came home with my father and lived in our house. We were the enemy.
It?s been 13 years since I first read your book, posted comments here (June 2006) and spoke with you.
My copy of your book is still being circulated amongst extended family and friends.
Thank you for giving others an insight into the difficulties for veterans resuming civilian life and the impact on their families.
I am so grateful to you.
Hope you have a good day tomorrow, Anzac Day. I?ll raise my glass to you.
GEOFF HUTCHISON says...Hey Barry,
Wondering if you could send me a contact number ahead of ANZAC Day - rather think I would like to have a yarn with you on the wireless. Be it live or pre-recorded.
Assuming of course that you would be keen!
Hope you are well.
Geoff Hutchison ABC Drive Perth.
Christine says...Hi, I have just finished your book. Thank you for writing your story which is very moving & shows there are no winners in war. I wish I'd been more aware years ago & been able to show more compassion to people I knew who were Vietnam vets. Thank you for doing what was asked of you so long ago. You & others who go to war have my upmost respect. Cheers christine
Carol Bookder says...Just following your progress since my Jim met you in 2012 (passing away later that year) - been wanting to contact you but with no success until now. I'm glad to hear you are continuing to do what you do - and understand you are very busy. Just read your letter to the school inToowoomba.
Regards, Carol Booker
Andrew De La Rue says...Thanks great book glad you wrote glad I read it.
There is two kinds of people in this world those that have read your book and those that have too.
zane lake says...A lot of people visit Vietnam and enjoy the stay. Start saving - good luck. Barry
dear Barry,your speech last Thursday truly moved me, and i believe most of my other beloved peers, i wish to go and visit Vietnam when im older, and see some of these horrific historical sites we were so lucky to have you talk to us about, good luck with your other talks and school etc.
Your biggest fan
love Zane lake xoxo
zeek relouw says...hello Barry,your speech really inspired me thank you from your dearest fan zeek
Richard Kelloway says...Hi Barry, Bugger. Try again: our stories are similar - but my trauma far less significant than yours. Well done that man!!! Your ongoing struggle resonates, however, Again, though, far less severely.
I am particularly energised by your mention of the post-1990 conflict veterans - both men and especially women. It is to their support that my efforts are dedicated.
Thank you for your validation of their struggle and our responsibility to ensure they are supported fully by our generation.
If Government's can release a White Paper that commits our country to multi-billion dollar expenditure through to mid-century, so too can they commit us to appropriate expenditure on veterans' rehabilitation and, where necessary to sustain them and their families at an appropriate standard of living, compensation.
The more I become aware of MRCA, the more concerned I am becoming that our generation is failing the new veteran community.
Kaye Child says...Hi Barry,
I have just finished reading 'Well Done, Those Men' - I couldn't put the book down and shed many tears through parts of the book. My husband - who passed away 2 1/2 years ago - was a Vietnam Vet. He did signals training but in the end didn't get to use that training in Vietnam because he went over for a shorter than normal tour as a replacement and found himself in Artillery !!! Reading your account of Basic Training at Puckapunyal and your time in Jungle Training at Canungra was just like hearing him talking to me all over again - all the Army sayings are still so vivid in my mind - he used them all through our married life. He had some really close mates, who were also ex-Vietnam Vets, whom he worked with for many years and then socialised with until the day we lost him. There was always a special bond between them which made them stand apart from men who had only been in 'civvy street'.
What else can I say other than Thank You for such an insight into your life.
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