My Grandpa's War

MyGrandpaCover 250When author David Volk graduated from college in 1969, he expected to find himself in a classroom -- as a teacher. Instead, he found himself in Vietnam -- as a combat photographer.

In “My Grandpa’s War,” Volk tells the story of Vietnam through the eyes of Mae, a young girl whose grandpa is still suffering from the effects of that war.

“My Grandpa’s War” is a touching story about the special relationship between a 9-year-old girl and her grandfather, a veteran of the Vietnam War.

A lingering war injury has put her grandpa in the hospital prompting her to tell his tale. Although her name is Mae, her grandpa calls her ‘Sarge’ in honor of a close friend he served with in Vietnam.

Told through the insight of a child, “My Grandpa’s War” deals with a difficult time in our nation’s history; however, it does so in a positive and healing way.

‘Sarge’ and her grandpa make a special trip to Washington, D.C. and she is given an even deeper understanding of friendship, sacrifice and dedication to one’s country.

At the end of the story, Grandpa receives a very unexpected and meaningful gift and learns that his young granddaughter was right when she said: “Sometimes something good can come from something bad.”
For older readers there is a short overview at the end of the book, which outlines the story of the Vietnam War and the turmoil and difficulty of that time period. It finishes with a special tribute to soldiers, past and present, who have nobly served America.


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 Author - David Volk
 South Dakota native David Volk was drafted into the United States Army after graduating college. He spent one of his two years of service in Vietnam as a combat photographer with the 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star. Upon his discharge, he became involved in politics, becoming South Dakota’s youngest state treasurer. He stayed active in veteran affairs through President Ronald Reagan’s Vietnam Veterans Volunteer Program. He is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans, and is active in the Big Brother Program.
 Illustrator - Jason Folkerts
 Jason Folkerts, the illustrator for the book, did the artwork for two of the previous books Volk co-authored, both of which were awarded book awards by the Independent Publishers. Folkerts is involved in many art forms and has been active in working with students for twenty years.