Top critical review
Much of the Agent Orange and P.T.S.D. information in the book is plain nonsense
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 6, 2014
Stolen Valor drifts into so many categories of military law, military justice, false records of " heroes" during the War, those who did not even serve in combat, but worse, Mr. Burkett has decided he knows a great deal about Agent Orange and P.T.S.D.; in fact, he comes off as a medical researcher, doctor, scientist, epigenetic researcher; but what angers me, is that intelligent, hard working, and thoughtful scientific researchers such as Dr.'s Jeanne Stellman and her husband, who have worked in Vietnam studying the amounts, toxicity ,and the effects of the various forms of Agent Orange on both U.S. soldiers and Vietnamese, those who were exposed to Ranch Hand in heavily concentrated spray areas are ignored, and promulgated as a " myth".....Burkett is no doctor, no genetic specialist, and obviously has not done his homework on the science of A.O., nor how it was made, he has not studied the independent reports of Dr. Stellman,the medical and scientific reports of the S. Korean Government, Australia Government, New Zealand Government, and Okinawa Government; his medical evaluation of P.T.S.D. is so bad, that he believes he has figured out the universal synaptic neuron transmissions in the human brain. P.T.S.D. impacts not only combat soldiers, but civilians in very severe accidents ,i.e., plane crashes. I have been back to Vietnam,( I served with the 25th Infantry Division), and 40 years later, there is nothing is growing in farming areas that was sprayed with A.O.; worse, third generation of Vietnamese are still born with horrible defects, epigenetics is not one of Mr. Burkett's strongest points. He drifts from valid points about " Stolen Valor" into areas of incomprehensible interpretation of " his " scientific and medical interpretations of P.T.S.D. and Agent Orange"....his evaluations, opinions, are to be considered a farce, and only lead to U.S. Government Agencies, such as our" Soylent Green" Veterans Administration to penalize Vietnam Veterans on falsehoods promoted by Mr. Burkett. The current news speaks for itself, with regard to the administration of the V.A. and V.H.A.; Mr. Shinseki and his minions are being asked to step down from their positions of power, thus it would not surprise me that books such as " Stolen Valor" contribute and assist the cause of the V.A. into treating Vietnam Veterans, Iraq Veterans, and Afghanistan veterans, with disdain about their supposed injuries, diseases, conditions, created in our new technological war that includes ionizing radiation, biological warfare, and chemical warfare. Sadly, this book does much harm to veterans with Mr. Burkett's chapters on what he thinks he knows of Agent Orange, P.T.S.D., depleted uranium rounds and the effects of war within the human character.