You go into combat prepared to die, to be wounded, to be taken prisoner. But not to be abandoned. It might be impossible to get our men out, but if it's impossible, let us at least acknowledge their sacrifice.
Navy Captain Eugene B. (Red) McDaniel - Six years a POW in North Vietnam
For the civilian reader, Mrs. Birchim provides the human prespective about the price we ask our military personnel and families to pay for our freedom. She also provides the readers with a glimpse into the life of a soldier’s wife who had her worst fear become reality. This is done by her candidly sharing her struggle to find truth while navigating through an unresponsive bureaucracy.
Jerry Estensen, Phd - Professor in Business Administration
Former Captain, United States Army Special ForcesRecon Team Leader – Det. B-52 (Project Delta)5th Special Forces Vietnam
While I am sure Mrs. Birchim does not realize it, she exemplifies many of the qualities that made Capt. Jim Birchim a Special Forces soldier: ability to work in a hostile territory, honesty, candor, willingness to face her greatest fears, and most important a “no quit” attitude.
I am touched by Mrs. Birchim's willingness to share her difficult story with us. As a veteran of the Vietnam War who lost many friends, this is an issue very close to my heart. To this day, I wear an MIA bracelet to show my support for the families who are still looking for answers. I believe that every family deserves closure - the peace of mind that comes with this simple knowledge would be like lifting a 1,000 ton brick off of their backs. I invite all Americans to journey with Mrs. Birchim on her quest for answers about her husband in this remarkable book.
Former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham
If I were to have written about everything that happened during those years that built my case for thinking the way I do, this book would have filled volumes. To capture the tone inflections and whispers of those confiding in me, from high-ranking officials to the folks in the trenches, was impossible to put on paper.
Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Jesus of Nazareth