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Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War
 Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War
 What would you say if I told you there are disturbing things the US Government hasn’t told you about the Vietnam War and doesn’t want you to know? Things such as all the rainbow-colored pesticides and the disabling effect they had on US service personnel. Silent Spring – Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War, is an account of war – a tale of anger and determination – a chronicle written in sorrow and hope. It’s the story of countless veterans who served in Vietnam and could even be your story. While the book is categorized as a memoir, it’s also an investigational voyage into all the issues the U.S. government hasn’t told you and doesn’t want you to know about the Vietnam War. The work isn’t just another rehashing of the war or Agent Orange. Rather it’s a “silver bullet” which cuts through to the heart of the circumstances and chemical used in Vietnam—enduring toxic herbicides and insecticides—which in some cases are still being used to this very day all over the globe, even right here in America. Now I’m sure many of you will find that fact hard to believe. Nevertheless, it’s true. So, forget everything you’ve heard from the government and what you think you know about the Vietnam War because you will be absolutely stunned by what the US government had willingly dumped on Vietnam—their allies—and even their own troops. What happened in Vietnam … didn’t stay in Vietnam. It came home with us!
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This book is the silver bullet if you are fighting for your benefits and rights as a Vietnam vet.


Silent Spring – Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War (Revised Edition) by Patrick Hogan is much more than a story of one Vietnam veteran’s struggles over the following decades after the war. It is a full length analysis of the various chemicals that were dispersed on the enemy and throughout the camps of the US serviceman during the war. Hogan, the author and also the main subject in the biography portion of the book, chronicles his early life and enlistment into the war in the mid 60’s. He starts with the life story of a friend and vet, Larry White, who died decades later of numerous complications because of what was called ”Agent Orange Club of Uncle Sam” while he was stationed there.

Hogan returned in ’69 and started having health difficulties himself. He became a police officer and then a trainer at a police academy. This skill set is what truly brings the impact to the rest of book, his investigative and analytical ability. While waiting a few years for a hearing on his medical claims with the DVA, Hogan decided to research and then write a no holds barred explanation of each and every chemical that was shipped or deployed during the Vietnam war. Reading through the volumes of information I was absolutely stunned at what the US government had willingly dumped on that country and its own troops. Hogan continued with very compelling arguments to the whitewash that is still in play about Agent Orange, Agent White and the countless other chemicals. To put this all together and have a latent talent to tell a story in a written format is no easy feat. This is not just another book about Agent Orange and the war, this is the silver bullet if you are fighting for your benefits and rights as a Vietnam vet.


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The author was stationed in South Vietnam for almost three years—from September 1966 through June 1969. While there he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant E-6 and awarded the Army Commendation Medal by the Secretary of the Army Stanley Resor. Shortly after being discharged from the Army, in August of 1975, he was appointed to the Teaneck Police Department as a law enforcement officer. During his police career, he attended Fairleigh Dickenson University’s Edward Williams College where he earned an Associate in Arts Degree with honors. He has also completed training programs at many law enforcement educational facilities such as John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the NJ State Police Training Academy and the New England Institute of Law Enforcement and Management (Babson College). In addition to his educational accomplishments, he is a certified State of New Jersey Police Training Instructor. Initially, writing a book about the war or being an author was the further thing from his mind. However, shortly after returning from Vietnam, his father urged him to file a disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) for medical problems he had experienced during his service. He began the process without much enthusiasm and quickly got sidelined by his new civilian life. Little did he realize that he wouldn’t re-visit his disability claims until after watching a speech given by President Barack Obama on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. He’s still not quite sure what happened that day, but after listening to the president, he felt an urgency to commit himself to investigate the causal link between his exposures to Agent Orange and the myriad health problems plaguing not only his life but the lives of many other Vietnam veterans. When he started his investigative journey into Agent Orange, he never suspected what he would discover. But, he quickly learned veterans were exposed too much more than just one pesticide. The deeper his exploration took him, and the more he understood about all the lives which had been taken and damaged by the rampant use of pesticides during the war; the more determined he became to try to set the record right. So, starting with the death of his friend and fellow veteran, Larry White the concept for Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War was born, and a reluctant writer emerged out of sheer exasperation and sorrow.