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Carey Spearman joined the U.S. Army in 1965.  He served in Vietnam in 1967, assigned to the 44th Medical Group, 616th Medical Company.  After his discharge, he would join the New York Police Department in 1973.  He was promoted to detective, and to the rank of Sergeant in the police department and distinguished himself in undercover narcotics work and as supervisor of NYPD's Staten Island Community Affairs Division. Carey Spearman retired from the New York Police Department in 1995 with twenty-five years of service. In 1997 he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from St. John's University, New York. Carey Spearman is the co-author of Vietnam Veteran's Homecoming: Crossing the Line and 36 Years and a Wake-up: An American Returns to Vietnam.


According to the book description of Vietnam Veterans' Homecoming: Crossing the Line “is a thoughful and moving account of the impact that the Vietnam War had on one veteran's life. Medic Carey Spearman's emotional message will resonate in the hearts and souls of each and every veteran that picks up this book, and enlighten anyone that did not live through the war.  Carey Spearman has come home, and his journey will quickly become the journey of those who read his book. In a sequence of profound meditations, rich in poetry and deep in spirituality, Spearman draws insights from his experiences as a medic in Vietnam, and as a veteran returning home. Insights which emphasize not so much the uniqueness of his own encounters and feelings but the mighty common bonds which unite the courageous men and women who served this country during its longest war.


Crossing the Line, without pretense or political agenda, reveals page after page that those who fought in Vietnam had to be heroes twice; first in war, and then again as veterans returning home to a society that all too often failed to appreciate or understand the enormity of their sacrifices on so many different levels.


Crossing the Line is not just the story of one man, it sets down in meaningful terms the experience of an entire generation. It is a powerful testimony to the far-reaching effects of the Vietnam War on virtually all aspects of American life.”

One reader of Vietnam Veterans' Homecoming: Crossing the Line said, “Carey Spearman reaches right for the heart with his poignant vignettes on life in Vietnam and at home. The very cover of his book reveals much about his message: Vietnam's wounds are not just carried by Americans, but by many more; nor are all jungles lush and tropical. The soldier depicted on the cover wears a mix of western and oriental gear. The soldier's shadow is simply a man's--without the trappings of war. The palms trees of Vietnam on the skyline give way to the concrete skyscrapers of urban America. Spearman's year in Vietnam amounted to a lifetime of tending the wounded and maimed of every sort of humanity: man, woman or child carried into the medic's ward. There he began to realize how war wounds not only the soldier, but the family back home, the villager in the jungle, the lover awaiting the letter that never arrives. Like good wine, Spearman's words come from years of reflection and hard work. They reveal a man who has come to terms with his own post traumatic stress and has accepted healing. He sees the world as filled with individuals. War takes it toll one by one. Families of those lost or wounded in Vietnam or other conflicts, and anyone who has suffered a significant loss in his or her life will benefit from Spearman's vignettes. If you want to read something charged with deep emotion, yet minus the gore of "war stories," and one that helps to heal inner wounds, Spearman's book: Vietnam Veterans' Homecoming: Crossing the Line will be a wonderful read. For anyone teaching American history, or history buffs, Spearman's book casts a piercing light on the reality of war--its horror and far reaching effects. In language anyone can understand, this book is one I recommend for people who look for wisdom and a sense of peace. They will find both in Carey Spearman's”

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Vietnam Veterans' Homecoming: Crossing the Line
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36 Years and a Wake-up: An American Returns to Vietnam
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According to the book description of 36 Years and a Wake-up: An American Returns to Vietnam, “Carey Spearman teaches us about the modern Vietnam veteran by revealing his most intimate emotions about his first return to Vietnam in 36 years since the war. Carey Spearman served one year as a medic in Vietnam, and is a retired from New York City Police Department. This is Spearman's second published literary work about coping with life after the Vietnam War. As with his previous book, Vietnam Veterans' Homecoming: Crossing the Line, Spearman writes poetic vignettes in his own words. Spearman communicates valuable lessons learned, and remembers with remarkable clarity the lives he touched and suffering he witnessed during the Vietnam War. 36 Years Later and a Wake-up Call: An American Returns to Vietnam is an essential read for anyone wanting to know and understand the mind of a Vietnam veteran, and for any Vietnam veteran trying to find peace in his own feelings about the war.”

Kerry "Doc" Pardue said of 36 Years and a Wake-up: An American Returns to Vietnam, “Carey and I have been friends and writers for sometime. I can't even begin to tell you how special he is as a man, husband, son, soldier, and retired police officer. It was his encouragement that I began my journey to finding home after I had been back from Vietnam over 32 years. We were both medics and also police officers. I value his work and his writing very much.

I read his first book and it was just the beginning of looking within to find the way home from pain, loss, hurt, to finding healing, love, and passion for life. As with his first book, his style of writing causes the reader to stop at the end of each page and reflect. The questions come to the reader that the reader must sit and think and find the answers. This is Carey's second book and it is about his journey to the place that took away so much away from him as a young man. It is his completion of the circle to who Carey really is and what he became. His discoveries along the way also take the reader to find the same answers to life’s most difficult questions. It is not so important what the answers are but in asking the right questions and being open to accept the truth inside of one's self. This is another chapter in the life of a medic who left his childhood, and so much of his self in Vietnam. It is finding the right keys to unlock the door of your heart and soul of finding yourself once again. It is the beginning of a new journey with new hopes and dreams and a vision to help others.

Carey found many answers for himself and the reader will also find his own answers to the great questions of why this and why me, what did I have to go through this to learn. What value does it hold for me. I think the reader will find much of a wonderful journey on a path few have chosen to walk down. I think too, that this book should also be read by those who suffer from PTSD. It was like Carey held a mirror up to my soul as I read each page and reflected on finding what is to be for me. He was able to open the doors I had always feared to open and I have much to be thankful for as I can now have a better relationship with those who are important in my life without holding back. Carey has made 7 trips to Vietnam and is getting ready to go again, I wonder what he will find that will help us all discover in his next book.”

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