Beyond My Horizon: An Educational Odyssey & Combat Memoir; New Book by Claude Regis Vargo, Released by Dog Ear Publishing

Mapleton, GA, November 05, 2010 --( Two tours as a combat tank commander in the Marine Corps in Vietnam provided one set of battles for the author, but deciding to go back to college was almost as formidable. This high school dropout went through “pure hell and total mental warfare” after deciding to attend an Ivy League college and trying to justify doing so when he was nearly 50 years old. A job in a Hilton hotel in Houston when he was 13 inspired him to attend one of the best hotel colleges in the country – Cornell University – but fear of failing stymied him for years. When he finally took the plunge, that time in college was some of the best years of his life.

Beyond My Horizon, published by Dog Ear Publishing, tells the story of the author’s military service, where he earned medals but was left with physical and emotional baggage. He married his high school sweetheart and attended junior college to start on the path to Cornell, but prevailing attitudes toward Vietnam vets and failing grades led to him drop out. He and his wife put their four children through college, and the author began to think again about his own educational goals. His struggle to prevail eventually brings success as this man who once hated school graduates summa cum laude.

The book aims to inspire military veterans, as well as other nontraditional students and those trying for a degree later in life. Its universal message encourages anyone who had an unfulfilled goal to take action and get started on the path toward completion, no matter what that dream is. The author’s detailed and sentimental description of his job at the glamorous Shamrock Hotel and jaw-dropping stories of his time in Vietnam add an authentic note to what eventually leads him to follow his dream and succeed.

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Beyond My Horizon:
An Educational Odyssey & Combat Memoir
Claude Regis Vargo
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-565-3 260 pages $16.95 US

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