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    Iraq War Veteran and Author Matt Gallagher to Speak at Pacific

    Apr 6, 2011

    Matt Gallagher changed from a West Coast frat boy into a reflective leader when he stepped foot on Iraq soil in 2007. During his transformation in Iraq he blogged about day-to-day activities, emotions and a hard hitting Dear John letter. In his memoir "Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War," Gallagher vividly retells the trials and tribulations that he originally wrote about in his blog.

    Gallagher will speak about his book in room 140 of the Wendell Phillips Center at University of the Pacific's Stockton campus at 7 p.m., Wednesday April 13. The event is free and open to the public.

    A quote from "Kaboom" gives canny and moving commentary on the power war has to transform soldiers and civilians, "Suddenly the stare was the norm house by house, block by block, and town by town, and all of the flower petals dried up, and we suddenly recognized that those cheers of gratitude were actually pleas for salvation."

    Gallagher joined the U.S. Army in 2005 and received a commission in the armored cavalry. Following a 15-month deployment in Iraq, Gallagher left the army in 2009.

    For more information about Gallagher and the book visit his website http://kaboombook.com/default.asp.

    For more information about the event contact Amy Smith at asmith@pacific.edu or Eric Sonstroem at esonstroem@pacific.edu.