Each person who goes to war goes alone no matter how many others are with him.
Each person who goes to war carries into the face of combat his faith, his fear, and his battle gear.
Most people who go into combat go armed with their faith, their training, their hard-won skills, and their weapons.
When this medic went to war, he went with his faith, his training, and his medical supplies. Those supplies were his only weapons against the terrible face of combat.
Harry Kieninger not only looked into the terribly deadly face of combat, he stared it down and claimed from its insatiable jaws all of those he could.
Twice decorated in combat, this medic carries with him yet those snatched from his healing hands by those insatiable jaws.
This is the face of war, the face of combat, the face of the terrible things it leaves behind in the fragmented hearts and shattered souls of those we send to stare into it.
When Can We Come Home? Understanding the Viet Nam Vet is the story of this heroic medic, of all the Viet Nam vets, who looked into not only the terrible face of war, but came home to the turned-aside, or derisive, eyes of their countrymen.
It is a book that must be read; it is a welcome home long overdue.
Harry Kieninger is a man I am honored to call my friend.