Press Release – For Immediate Release: April 18, 2016

Lake Charles, La.

Lake Charles, Louisiana Writer Scott E. Raymond Publishes Novel

Lake Charles, La. writer Scott E. Raymond, 63, has published his first novel, Going Home: One Sailor’s Inner Search During the Turbulent Early 1970s.

The salient power of faith, family, comradeship and love are artfully interwoven in the dramatic story of a young American sailor’s search for acceptance and happiness during the turbulent early 1970s.

In 1972, Ben Bradford’s long-held desire for a close father-son connection with the decorated World War II veteran he calls “Pop” is heightened following an unusual dream one night aboard ship.  Ben sees into the past of 1943 and a life-changing event in Pop’s life that sets in motion a swift series of transformational events in the life of the idealistic navy volunteer.

Set in the early 1970s, with the U.S. nearing an exit from a protracted and unpopular Vietnam War, the story’s backdrop spans America’s closing combat role in Vietnam; a national, political scourge called Watergate and an international oil embargo.  Going Home delivers a memorable, personal story of hope during a unique time of national trial in American history.

Says Scott E. Raymond:

“In its own special way, Going Home highlights the all-important father-son relationship, in this case, between two war veterans.  Equally important, but in a broader context, the story explores a young sailor’s attempt to find himself during a turbulent time in our nation’s history.”

Scott E. Raymond has written numerous magazine articles and authored one non-fiction book about veterans, Voices Behind the Bricks.  A native of Lake Charles, LA, his career in public information and communications covered parish law enforcement and state and local government.

Raymond served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64) during two WESTPAC/Vietnam combat cruises in 1972 and 1973.  He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1977.  A graduated of McNeese State University, Raymond lives in southwest Louisiana with his wife Sherrie.

Going Home is available for purchase on-line now at http://www.scotteraymond.com and will be available at upcoming events to be announced.

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