Author: 'Healing Helps Forgiveness; Forgiveness Helps Healing'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – If you’re looking for a touching read on this Veterans Day holiday, author Dennis Mansfield‘s book “Finding Malone” takes a look at really talking with those who’ve served and perhaps healing rifts.

“Finding Malone” is about locating a veteran whose helmet Mansfield’s dad gave him when he was 15. But it’s just as much about the relationship between veterans and the family they leave behind.

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Dennis’ father Bill was a career military man, having served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The father and son had a very strained relationship that eventually resolved as Dennis researched the original owner of the World War I-era helmet.

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WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack spoke with Dennis Mansfield who said at a time, he hated his father.

“The change with my father and me was a forever change, it really was,” Mansfield told Farnack. “It spurred me on to write ‘Finding Malone,’ which is a story of finding a veteran whose helmet my dad gave me when I was 15. But more than that, it’s a parallel story of finding my own father who, in his 70s, became one of my best friends at that moment in time.”

“Healing helps forgiveness; forgiveness helps healing,” Mansfield said.

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