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June 28, 2014

CONDEMNED PROPERTY by Roland "Dusty " Trimmer

 ********THIS IS THEIR STORY & MINE*********


Roland "Dusty" Earl Trimmer

11 Bravo Combat Infantryman
3rd 22nd 25th Infantry Division
University  of South Vietnam, War Zone C
Class of 1968-1969


A stark look at Vietnam Veterans, the War and how We let Them down. This is a Call To Duty for everyone to thank your Veterans today, and a reminder to the media and politicians to value every soldier as if they were their own sons and daughters. Without a nation's support, soldiers cannot survive.
- Brian Williams; Major, U.S. Army
Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)

"Dusty" Earl Trimmer's "Condemned Property" is an extremely personal and comprehensive outline of multiple aspects of the Vietnam War. While written primarily for the benefit of his fellow veterans, he has captured the essence of those multiple aspects of the war for all readers. From his experiences in the jungle of Vietnam to dealing with his own post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and physical ailments, returning to the hostile environment of the population, betrayal by the government in accepting its role of caring for and compensating those affected veterans, "Condemned Property" presents a journey from pre-war innocence to today's political circumstance. "Condemned Property" is in the spirit of the philosopher George Santayana's saying, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
- William E. Cornell Jr.; Author
President, Cornell & Associates

Dusty, this is such a great book. Your memories and stories are very moving an I am sure that writing this book has been a great catharsis for you. I applaud you for having the courage to actually put it in a written format (after actually writing it in your head for all these years!). These stories need to be told. This book needs to be published.
- LaDonna Herrera; President/CEO
Marketing Ideas & Designs

"Dusty" Earl Trimmer came down to see me in Columbus, Ohio in March 1968, just a couple days before he was scheduled to leave for Vietnam. I was at Ohio State University and living in the Delta Chi Fraternity House. At the time I thought that I was a little something just because I was pledge class president and a member of the Ohio State wrestling team...that was before I received letters from Nam, from Dusty...before he earned his many military medals/accolades. Then I saw how small I was in comparison...and how small some of my buddy All-Americans at other universities were in comparison to what Dusty and his Nam-mates were doing. I have known "Dusty" Earl Trimmer, who is the author of Condemned Property? Soldiers of the Vietnam War for over forty years. If I could only use three words to describe him, they would be: passionate, fearless, and straightforward. This description and more is why I recommend his book as "must reading" for anyone...veteran and non-veteran alike that wants greater insights into the truths about the Vietnam War, it's devastating aftermath, and how combat soldiers and those who love them are coping with I have read it twice. It will move you, teach you, motivate you and it may change you because you read it.
- Gary Ockunzzi; Lifelong Friend
Korean DMZ Conflict Veteran, U.S. Navy

Condemned Property? was an eye opening and emotional read for my entire family. Never having been exposed to the raw truths of the Vietnam War, it was heart wrenching to learn of the ultimate sacrifice made by Vietnam Combat Vets to protect OUR freedom, the horror and trauma they endured, their strong bond of brotherhood, sheer determination to survive and lack of respect by our citizens upon their return. We owe a debt of gratitude to the author for putting pen to paper to create a powerfully true vision of the life of a Combat Infantry Warrior in the Vietnam War and his continued fight for survival today.
- Cheryl Strenk, Wife & Mother
  • Hardcover: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (November 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145752533X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457525339

This book is about what the Vets encountered when they entered the war and then the return home from the Vietnam War.    The book is full of pure emotion. This book was about not only the fight in Nam but the fight back home when they came back.  The author has fought for Vietnam Veterans for years just to get their well deserved and earned benefits.  These men were heroes, why should they have to fight for anything once they're home.  Haven't they fought enough?  They fought, as in any war for freedom and safety of the numbers.  The author doesn't give up or give in.  He continues to fight for his "brothers". This enlightening read is about the hell of fighting and then their hell of getting their health and disability forty, yes that's right, 40 years, after the war.  Some say that Nam wasn't a war.  What was it if not a war?  There are personal stories about what the day to day hell was like for the soldiers.  Personal stories that will make you cry, smile  a little and want to let everyone know, this is and has been WRONG.  These Vets deserve anything and everything we as the United States of America can do for them.  They shouldn't have to struggle and fight for benefits that are theirs in the first place.  They have struggled and fought enough.  There are data sheets with statistics and some great pictures to go along with the stories. These soldiers "walked the walk" and can "talk the talk".  We as Americans need to just LISTEN!

I would like to recommend this book to anyone who is a Nam Vet or any Veteran,  those who want to know more about the Vietnam War and what happened and is still happening.  You won't want to miss out on this one.

I was given a  complimentary copy of CONDEMNED PROPERTY from the author Roland "Dusty" Trimmer for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place. 

I would give this book 5 STARS.

Quote from book: "And the coffins came home to every city, town and village..but the media wouldn't allow Americans to separate this war from  the Innocent young warriors sent to fight it! It is okay to hate war, despise it if you must, but NOT THE WARRIOR!"

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