A Vietnam Veteran, he retired in 1995. Although he retired from the Army he says
of his post-military career, “I may have left the military, but until recently I wore the uniform; working as a contractor
in Afghanistan for nearly 5 years in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where I trained the Afghan military alongside
US and coalition forces.” Sergeant Major Dean Krystek is the author of Buddha's War.
According to the book
description of Budda’s War, “SP4 Bruce Dudak, aka "Buddha" has been in Vietnam
a while and feels it's time to go home. Originally flattered by the young bar girls who seemed to adore him in spite of his
rather odd appearance (resembling the Chinese image of the Buddha), he's grown weary of their attention, and longs for an
honest relationship. Bruce feels he's destined for a lonely life because he knows his chances of finding true romance are
nil, but nevertheless, he he's tired of being a Saigon warrior.
Trinh, once a popular bar girl, has had her life shattered by the war. Her face,
still stunningly beautiful on one side, is obscenely disfigured on the other. Betrayed by the American
soldier she loved, she is also destined to be alone.