"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Over and over again. So exactly what has the US military learned from spraying toxic chemicals during the Vietnam War? Evidently nothing at all. Take for example last week (December 2021), the NPR reported that the State of Hawaii had ordered the U.S. Navy to halt operations at the World War II-era Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility after a petroleum leak was found to have contaminated Honolulu's drinking water supply. Pearl Harbor families are alarmed about petroleum found in their tap water. We've since learned that samples from the Red Hill Shaft contained petroleum levels that were 350 times the level considered safe, and that some 3,000 military members and their families have been relocated to temporary housing. While we must always look forward, we still have to understand where we came from, our history, in order to not repeat the mistakes of the past. Silent Spring - Deadly Autumn of the Vietnam War (SSDAVW) may have been written too late to help Vietnam Veterans with their toxic exposures and illnesses, but it's not too late to help future generations of military personnel from encountering the same fate. SSDAVW is a real-life chronicle written in sorrow with hope for future generations of soldiers. It's a surreal voyage into everything the US government hasn't told you about the Vietnam War and doesn't want you to know. It's a book that cuts through to the heart of the circumstances and deadly chemicals used throughout the war. Many of them still being used on soldiers and all over America, even today! The work is more than a memoir; it's an investigative journey into the conditions US service personnel served under. And the scars they carried with them for decades. But that is not the end of the story. All you have to do is take a look at the health problems of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to know that we have not learned from our past history. This is only one quote from the Department of Veterans Affairs - Office of Research & Development: "The new results add to other studies by VA and other institutions suggesting that recent deployments may have contributed to new lung disease. But the exact causes aren't clear. Experts recognize burn pits, sand and dust storms, and other environmental hazards of the Mideast war zones as possible contributing factors." We do have the choice to learn from history or to repeat the mistakes of the past. The unfortunate truth is -- Soldiers were expendable in Vietnam, they are expendable in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they will be expendable in the future if we do nothing to help protect our future warriors!