Goodreads asked Clarke W. Owens:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Clarke W. Owens "The Veteran" is derived from memories I have of growing up in California in the 1960s and early 70s. It's a fictionalized account of some crises of identity among my parents' generation, and, to a lesser extent, among my own. The memory of war is always present for my protagonist, and it hovers over everything he does. The book examines the implication of duty, and the irony of how sometimes the sacrifice one makes in the service of that duty can seem out of proportion to the cause.

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