Retired Lt. Col Oliver North rolled into Topeka on his book tour's huge tour bus Wednesday afternoon, stopping by WIBW-TV to talk about the cause that keep him busy now.. advocating for transitioning veterans into successful lives and careers.
North met hundreds of supporters and fans in his book signing at Topeka's Barnes and Noble Booksellers. His new book is entitled, "American Heroes: On the Homefront."
North begins his book with the story of the man who saved his life, Jack Fowler, who placed a patch over North's 2nd chest wound after a battle in the Vietnam War. Even today, Fowler is helping soldiers recover in his work as a doctor at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
North also writes and speaks to audiences about Tim Lee, who lost both legs in Vietnam, suffering varying degrees of injuries. Lee goes out and tells veterans that he did it, and they can try to put their lives back together, too.
North says it takes more than two years for veterans who lost two, three or all four of their limbs to be processed into the system and on the road to recovery.
"We have good doctors, but not enough.. we have good hospitals, but not enough," North says, as he was on the road again to Wichita Wednesday night. He'll be speaking and signing books in nearly 50 cities during his tours around the country.