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Veteran reflects on journey through alcoholism and war struggles

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A local disabled combat veteran wants to bring light to the problems veterans face when they return from war.

He's written a book about his life journey. Phil Spencer came from an alcoholic family,  was kicked out of school in the 11th grade and joined the Army 13 days after his 17th birthday to keep from going to jail. He spent 13 months in Korea and completed two tours in Vietnam.

His new book, "Shattered Dreams: An Alcoholic's Journey" describes his journey to alcoholism while living with the physical and emotional turmoil that comes with being in war. Spencer wrote the book to help other local veterans, alcoholics and drug addicts.

He wants to help people on the journey to recovery.

"There's a lot of insanity that comes with alcoholism. Families don't know what to do. They don't understand it," said Spencer.

Spencer says he wants to give a ray of hope to other veterans and their families and that's why he's giving profits from his book sale back to the community. Twenty percent of the book sale money goes to Mount Zion House in Lake Geneva. The money will help build a long-term treatment facility.

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