- After the blood cools: The warrior's dilemma
After the blood cools: The warrior's dilemma
Gary McKay served as a rifle platoon commander in Vietnam in 1971 and was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry during the Battle of Nui Le, the last major battle fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in South Vietnam.
Fifty years on, Gary looks back on his distinguished military career and shares his gripping story, from being conscripted and trained for war to the sudden violence of combat in Vietnam, being wounded in battle, and the long road to recovery.
Reflecting on his experiences, Gary explores the warrior's dilemma: how do ordinary people cope with the overwhelming mental and physical challenges of combat? He sheds new light on what it really means to go to war, and asks the essential question: how can we better support our frontline fighters, our men and women in uniform and our first responders?
Details: Biography/True story, published 2022.
Format: Soft cover, 208 pages.