Second Infantry Regiment

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Tom Copeland
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“My War and Welcome To It" is the story of Tom Copeland, a young man who grew up in the carefree 60s, and was drafted into the US Army. He went off to Vietnam to join the 2nd Battalion, (MECH) 2nd Infantry Regiment, in the famed 1st Infantry Division.

You ride along with Tom to Dian, Phu Loi, and Lai Khe in Vietnam and feel the stress of battles at Prek Klok II, the Ong Dong Jungle, Ong Thanh, and Xom Bung. He then returns stateside as he fights the lingering stresses of what he has experienced while trying to build a career and raise a family.

Then comes the real battle, with PTSD, caused by the memories of war in Southeast Asia, and his fight to gain control of his life once again. You will travel with him on his return trip to Vietnam in 2013, where he is finally able to put down the baggage of war that he carried for over forty-five years.

 If you would like a signed copy please contact me direct.

Tom Copeland

504 NE 160th St.

Edmond, OK 73013




Or you can order directly from the publisher at the following address:



It is also available on Amazon.



John E. Venn
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Good for you and I hope the book is a best seller.  It sounds like we were there at the same time (Prek Klok II).
Tom Copeland
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I came in country on Feb 3, 1967 and left on January 30, 1968.
I was in HHC in the radar section so we were always attached to the various line companies.

Larry G
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Good for you, hope it sells well.
Curtis Parker
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Tom I am looking forward to Reading your book...Take Care...

Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Inf, 3rd Plt, Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968

Stephen R Fee
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Tom thanks for writing your book, I will get it. I am not much of a story teller so your book will be mainly for my children to learn what serving with the 2nd Inf was like and what many of us came home to. 
Tom Copeland
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I want to thank everyone who has purchased my book. And especially those who have taken time to write a review after reading it.


5.0 out of 5 stars
A Liberating journey and a life lived, with Post Traumatic Stress Difference
September 12, 2019

This author shares his personal journey before, during and after Vietnam. He allows the reader to tag along his preparatory, youth growing-up in New Mexico. He describes his WAR from a neutral position. His genuine self-disclosure is refreshing. He reveals his human struggles, denial and his journey through healing. He has turned his demons into gifts. Must Read!

Kent Knight


5.0 out of 5 stars
Very good read
September 10, 2019
Verified Purchase
Fantastic book. First one I have read that talks about dealing with PTSD.

Easy Reader


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True Grit
September 25, 2019

Tom Copeland's book is a revelation to read. I was rejected on my induction physical about a year later than the book's timeline as a member of a family whose people all went in. I had a sense of what was ahead a bit from family and friends but felt like I could not connect with the "vets" who returned. This book brings that feeling into focus by providing to me the experiences my peers underwent. As I got older and worked with others and met Vietnam veterans, I always felt a distant story running behind their eyes. Now, with Tom's story, I understand the detachment and fever that I saw parts of in events and situations. The run up to Tom's military experience and his questions and fears about the future are real and present. The time in country and what went on is authentic and understandable. My generation was a content to ignore these veterans (to our loss) so it's great to hear of Tom's efforts to come to terms to his "something inside". PTSD is becoming more recognized and acceptable to reveal because of outstanding memoirs like Tom's. Read this book, it will give you a great idea of a missing step in our friend's life.

Charles M. Brown


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My brother’s war...
October 12, 2019

To my Brother, Tom Copeland.

So I just finished my brother's book, "My War and Welcome To It." I experienced so many emotions reading this, great memories of growing up in Monument, New Mexico. I had just turned 13 when you were drafted. I didn't watch or listen to the news - I didn't know anything about a war or the protests, until you went "over there" somewhere in a jungle. I remember every night Momma and I sitting right in front of the TV during the news with Walter Cronkite, staring at the screen in hopes of seeing your face and wondering if we would recognize you.

Reading about your time in Vietnam literally made my heart pound. I cried when men died. I cringed when bullets went past your head. I laughed at the pranks y'all would pull. I was relieved when you finally left. I had always wondered what it was like for you there - now I understand more.

I'm truly sorry that you and the rest of the Vietnam Vets weren't welcomed home like you should have been, I'm sorry that we as a family didn't talk about your experiences. Somebody said it probably wasn't a good experience and shouldn't ask about it, so we didn't...

Let me end this by saying I'm very proud of you and what you have accomplished in your "lives"...

Thank you for your service Sir.

Love ya - your "favorite living sister"...



5.0 out of 5 stars
It's heartfelt
September 23, 2019

I just finished reading "My War" by Tom Copeland. I highly recommend you put it on your reading list. It is from the heart and tells of the struggles he and other Vietnam veterans struggles with, then and now. You will laugh and tear up at parts of this true story. Once you start it, you will finish it. May God Continue to Bless ALL our troops.

Darrell Powell Vietnam Vet...


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Great read.
September 22, 2019

A great read. I enjoyed this book very much.

Joe Fair


5.0 out of 5 stars
Everything is real
October 14, 2019

While reading this book as a Vietnam Veteran it brought back many memories of my time there. It is a very easy read. And one of the very good things about it is that the author tells his story of how he saw it. It’s not a blood and guts book. It tells a real story.
How Vietnam changed him and affected him. He explains his long trip and struggle home. And how his life is after the war.
While reading this book I could see and feel many things that I have gone through.
The author explains how he has learned to deal with life after VN and it could help others.

Robert C. Douglass


I just finished Tom’s book. Awesome. So proud of him for writing it. It’s so sad that no one knew or understood what PTSD could do to a person’s soul.

Joy B.


READ your book cover to cover...Brought lots of memories from the past...We had the same WAR but fought different encounters during our tours...Enjoyed your revisit presentation and how it helped you after all these years...GOOD JOB BROther...

Ron Z.


Just finished your book and loved it. It has helped me (with my PTSD).

Jim C.


I finished your book yesterday. I enjoyed it immensely. I laughed and cried.

Lynn G.
Larry G
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Tom has written a very good book about his life experiences from his youth to time in Vietnam and after. He wrote in a way that is like having a one on one sit down with him. Thumbs ups! I give it 5 stars.
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