Lt. Col. Oliver North says his wife, Betsy, is the unsung hero behind his distinguished military career.
"[She] is my hero . . . She raised the family all by herself when I was off doing my war thing," North told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"You're totally absorbed 24/7. You've got the adrenaline . . . [Wives] have uncertainty, anxiety, and never knowing when the chaplain's going to walk up the front walk and give . . . the most terrible news of all."
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North — a combat-decorated Marine and recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts, is author of the new book "American Heroes: On the Home Front
," which he dedicates to his wife.
"My wife said to me . . . you never understood what we were going through back home, did you? And I didn't. And I have to confess that," he said.
"And that's what motivated this book. That's why this book is dedicated to that woman right there on the front page."
North said that in his experience with today's military veterans, the Veterans Administration has a lot of catching up to do.
"The military will keep them on until they're able to take care of themselves, right? And so they've now been in the hospital for two, two-and-a-half, sometimes three years, and now they're processed out to the VA," he said.
"It takes an average of 22 months to process the VA paperwork. What the hell is going on at the VA that it takes 22 months to process the paperwork for a guy who's missing three limbs? I don't get it."
"American Heroes: On the Home Front
," published by Threshold Editions, is a firsthand account of the young U.S. soldiers who defend the nation against radical Islamic terror.
It was inspired by North's Fox News Channel series "War Stories."
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