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Description - Soft Spots by Clint Van Winkle

Marine Sergeant Clint Van Winkle flew to war on Valentine's Day 2003. His battalion was among the first wave of troops that crossed into Iraq, and his first combat experience was the battle of Nasiriyah, followed by patrols throughout the country, house to house searches, and operations in the dangerous Baghdad slums. But after two years of duty, certain images would not leave his memory - a fragmented mental movie of shooting a little girl, of scavenging parts from a destroyed, blood-spattered tank, of obliterating several Iraqi men hidden behind an ancient wall, of bodies lying on streets, and the feral dogs that fed on them, and of mistakenly stepping on a 'soft spot', the remains of a Marine killed in combat. After his return home, Van Winkle sought help at a Veterans Administration facility, and so began a maddening journey through an indifferent system that promises to care for veterans, but in fact abandons many of them.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312602963
ISBN-10: 0312602960
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
Publisher: Griffin Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Clint Van Winkle

CLINT VAN WINKLE served for eight years in the United States Marine Corps, earning the rank of sergeant. While in Iraq he served as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle section leader, attached to Lima Company 3rd BN 1st Marines, and commanded eighteen other Marines. After two tours of duty, he returned to earn a BA in English from Arizona State University, then a MA in Creative Writing and Media from the University of Wales-Swansea, and began to publish pieces of Soft Spots in literary magazines. He lives with his wife in Chesapeake, Virginia.