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Garry Possingham says...I have just finished reading "Well Done, Those Men". It has moved me more than any book I have ever read as I could have been one of those men whose life was completely change by the fall of a marble.
It has also helped me understand the trauma that my cousin has gone through after serving in Vietnam in the rotation immediately after yours. Thankfully he seems okay and is involved with the Vietnam Vets Association in SA.
Thank you for giving us the full brutal story of what you and you fellow soldiers experienced both in war and peace.
Jaime Shedden says...I'd like to start off with a thank you, you've not only become a role model for me but given me memories I've never even had.
When you came down to East Gippsland, to the School for student leadership in 2018 I was not expecting the mass of feelings that would await me with your stories, that you told to us.
As soon as i heard what you had told us and the life you lived I had to indulge in your novels, I loved them all.
I had never once read a book as detailed and moving book that brought me to tears as "Well Done, Those Men" did. It was an amazing story and I then went and reached out to family members that had been through similar times and listened to what they had been through and it was tear jerking, thank you.
Your other books, "Tag" and "The view from connor's hill" were just as amazing in different ways i can't explain other than breath taking, I have just found out about your new book and am now waiting for it to arrive in the mail.
Love all the work your doing keep it up.
Elaine says...Just finished reading your compelling story , Tag . This story moved me to tears often . Love all your books !
Joshua Mann says...Hi Barry,
I met you today at Newington College and I just wanted to thank you again for the talk you gave to the Year 9 students. I was captivated by your story and it again reminded me of how hard life has been for our Veterans. I am so grateful for your service and the other men and women who have served in the Defence Force.
I am definitely going to go now and read your books.
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.
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