Gary’s healing some of the wounds of war
IT TOOK author Gary Blinco more than two decades to put pen to paper to record his experience as a conscript serving two year-long tours in the Vietnam War.
The last of his five books have now been made available in paperback across the world, as well as e-book format.
Mr Blinco is also planning sequels to his books, many of which draw from his experience as a soldier.
The books include an autobiography detailing his time in Vietnam and as his childhood in the Queensland bush.
Mr Blinco now lives in Maryborough after retiring from corporate life in Sydney.
He said the book-writing process was almost therapy after his service.
"We all came away with various degrees of psychological disorders," he said.
As Anzac Day approaches next week, Mr Blinco said his books, particularly The Wounds of War, would be educational about what went on for those who served in the 60s and 70s.
The book is a fictional account of a true event during the war to try and find enemy supply lines - an event Mr Blinco gleaned from the allied soldiers he served with in his second tour.
"These sort of things really happened," he said.
"It deals with what's now called post traumatic stress disorder,
"We just called it being a bit screwed up in the head."
Mr Blinco served in Alpha Company in the 6th Battalion, known as an Anzac battalion because it was made up of both Australian and New Zealand companies.
He said Alpha Company would hold a reunion on the Fraser Coast for Anzac Day next week, and would be in the Maryborough march.
A list of ceremonies and marches being held across the region on Anzac Day will be published on April 21.
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