Duty to God and Country


R. H. Brown was raised in a home shadowed by a father traumatized by World War II and an oppressively overbearing mother. After his escape to college ended in failure, he joined the United States Air Force and began a journey that would end in PTSD and depression. In the process, he learned a profound truth about what it means to be alive in an imperfect world filled with broken people, and he has discovered joy and meaning in his efforts to fulfill his duty to God and country.

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It began with a phone call from his mother. “Got your grades in the mail today.” There it was. After two years of partying and social life, Junior must face facts — his days in college were over. He now must make the biggest decision of his life: Should he go back home and risk the draft, or should he join the military?

Duty to God and Country depicts the story of one man’s experience in war and its aftermath — emblematic of many veterans, particularly those of the Vietnam War era. Countless young men enter the military filled with innocence while struggling to understand themselves and the world. In Duty to God and Country, Junior’s story addresses important cultural trends in our day, including the heartbreaking suicide rate and mental health issues that plague many military personnel.

This is the story of America — reconciling a wish for peace with an inexplicable affinity for chaos.


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