University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work professor Ray Scurfield was awarded second runner-up in the non-fiction category for the 2009 Military Writers Society of America Book Awards. The announcement for Scurfield’s award-winning series, “A Vietnam Trilogy,” was made Sept. 12 on www.veteransradio.net.
Scurfield, who served as a social work officer on a U.S. Army psychiatric team in Vietnam, spent three decades working full-time with more than a thousand combat veterans of Vietnam and other wars. His trilogy is about war, its impact and helping veterans to recover both short and long-term.
"My goal was to offer the veterans, their families and communities some insight into veterans' reactions to the stress of combat and postwar readjustment," Scurfield said. "Hopefully, this information will be helpful to veterans recovering from the long-term impact of war trauma and for those who care about them."
The Military Writers Society of America is an association of more than 800 authors, poets and artists drawn together by the common bond of military service.
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