Colonel Andrew P. O'Meara, Jr.,
also is a retired U.S. Military Academy graduate, with thirty years service. During his military career, he “served
as a cavalryman, infantryman and tanker in troop units in Europe, Vietnam and the United States. He also served as a government
contractor for the Army in the Middle East.” Colonel Andrew P. O’Meara, Jr. is the author of
Accidental Warrior: The Forging of an American Soldier; Voices from the Underground; and, Only the Dead Came Home:
Vietnam's Hidden Casualties. He is also the editor of Leadership: Combat
Leaders and Lessons.
According to the book description
of Only the Dead Came Home: Vietnam's Hidden Casualties, “for many Vietnam vets, the end
of the war was only the beginning of another-a war within themselves. This is an account of one soldier's struggle to
come home. It is the story of combat and of the harassment at home that followed. Together they resulted in Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD), a disease affecting an estimated fifteen percent of all Vietnam Veterans.
The sixties changed American politics,
and the rules by which the game was played. Those who had shouldered the burdens of war returned to find an America changed.
Hoping for the validation their fathers received on return from WW II, they found instead condemnation and a universal rejection
that seared their souls. The peace movement, liberal activists, and student radicals who personalized the persecution of veterans,
together with the media, popularized the perception that the war was immoral, and so maximized the harmful effects of PTSD
on returning soldiers, soldiers who found themselves branded murderers.
JFK's noble and stirring words
touched a generation of young men and women who were thus inspired to serve their country in a distant war. Andy O'Meara
was one among many who answered Kennedy's call to Counterinsurgency. For them the price was steep, and the burdens were
not shared by a public who rejected their sacrifice. The result: fifty-eight thousand slain, and countless walking wounded
bearing the psychological scars of a brutal war. Their suffering is here in the words of one who survived the war only to
find upon his return, that for him and other vets, a new war had only just begun.”
According to the book description of
Leadership: Combat Leaders and Lessons, “Those called to the military profession draw inspiration
from a rich heritage - a heritage bequeathed to them by individuals of courage and integrity who have protected our country
throughout its history. In like manner the heritage of West Point draws cadets and graduates to the metaphor of the "Long
Gray Line". Something in those formative early years, annealed by the life experiences of our distinctive calling, binds
us in spirit, one to another. It is remarkable, and durable, bond that extends from one generation to the next - tying lives
from the past to those of the future. It exerts a powerful influence within the halls of West Point as well as throughout
the larger community of those attracted to the military profession making up our armed forces. Indeed, the reflections in
this book are intended for all who seek enlightened leadership - throughout the entire American military, and beyond.”
According to one review of Voices
from the Underground, “OMearas assessment is most insightful in light of John Kerry's presidential
campaign. Chapter 9: "A Travesty of our Times: The Curse of Yale describes the virulently anti-war climate that prevailed
at Yale where Kerry earned his baccalaureate degree. In retrospect Kerry's anti-war escapades may be traceable to his
indoctrination into PC thought at Yale, at the same time he was learning the art of self-aggrandizement.
The articles are well written
and range from Surviving a Bad Command, wherein he castigates the Johnson/McNamara administration for lying to Congress about
the readiness of the Army, and whose learned principles may be applied to modern day corporations, to Treachery of the Postmodern
Age which addresses the opposition of the French and Germans to the war in Iraq.
In between he covers Militant Islam in Saudi Arabia, Moslem Resistance to Democracy,
and The vast Conspiracy in America, among others, all on current topics being debated among Liberals, Democrats, Republicans
and Conservatives. Should a reader be of the conservative mindset, he/she will find the articles and opinions to their liking;
on the other hand, those who subscribe to the liberal, left wing approach may not be as enthusiastic.”