Revenants by Scott Kauffman

After her brother Nathan is killed in the war in Vietnam, Betsy decides to channel her self destructive behavior towards something good and becomes a candy striper at the local VA hospital. Working with wounded vets helps Betsy deal with her grief and she becomes particularly drawn to one elderly patient on the top floor of the hospital. An elderly man with no name and no visitors, he was fought in what was called the War to end all Wars – World War I. Betsy becomes obsessed with identifying the man and getting him the recognition he deserves. While the start of this book is a little slow, it’s worth sticking with it. Kauffman  writes a story that shows that all wars are essentially the same, in the end signifying nothing more than greed, blood lust and the death of innocence

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