Steve Mason (poet)

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Steve Mason (1949 in Brooklyn, New York – May 25, 2005) was a decorated United States American combat veteran of the Vietnam War and a critically acclaimed poet. His poem "The Wall Within" was read at the 1984 dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.[1] and has the distinction of being the only American work of poetry on display at the war memorial in Hanoi. The author of four books, The Moths & Violets of Vito & Me: The Story of a Poem,[2] Johnny's Song,[3] Warrior for Peace,[4] and The Human Being: A Warrior's Journey Toward Peace and Mutual Healing,[5] his poetry related to his experiences as a captain in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. His work was hailed by veterans and their families nationwide. In addition to being the poet laureate of the Vietnam Veterans of America, he worked for veterans' causes. Diagnosed with lung cancer as a result of exposure to Agent Orange during the war, he became a participant and active advocate for the Oregon Death with Dignity Act,[6] and spoke at the California State Assembly for a similar law proposed in that state.[7] He died at his home in Ashland, Oregon, at the age of 65.[8][9] He is survived by four children.

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  8. Obituary:Steve Mason, poet and voice of Vietnam veterans
  9. Steve Mason, 65; Vietnam Veterans’ Poet Laureate

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