Streamed live on June 24, 2024

Jack McLean joins us again to talk about his new book, Found: A Veteran Story which tells how he healed from Vietnam. Last year, Jack recounted the history behind his best-selling memoir of 2009, Loon: A Marine Story. Jack served in Vietnam in 1967-68 tour with Charlie Company of the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.

He survived a lot of combat, including a harrowing three-day fight at LZ Loon near the Laotian border in I Corps. Jack’s homecoming was both unique and typical of the Vietnam generation of veterans. On the one hand, he went straight to Harvard University, the first Vietnam veteran to attend. On the other hand, he found it difficult to connect with fellow veterans or with anyone who was interested in his service.

In 1968, he walked into a VFW hall and received only the chilliest of cold shoulders from the older veterans there. “Nobody offered me a beer,” he writes. “Nobody invited me to join the card game. Nobody waved me over to the pool table. Nobody welcomed me home.”

Coupled with survivor guilt and un-processed trauma of combat, such neglect and isolation only fed his sense that something was wrong. Jack found healing as he tracks down fellow Marines and the Gold Star family members who never made it home.

We’re grateful to UPMC for Life and Tobacco Free Adagio Health for sponsoring this event!