Quadalajara: The Utopia That Once Was - a book by Jack Tumidajski - A history of the paraplegic and quadriplegic men and women who rediscovered life in Mexico's second largest city
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Keith Ziegler representing the Mexico Chapter of the PVA at the annual convention Introduction to Quadalajara:

According to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, "Prior to World War II, Americans who suffered a spinal cord injury faced a bleak future and a life expectancy averaging about eighteen months. But veterans who sustained a spinal cord injury during the war years received the first ray of hope for a fuller life ahead--the development of modern medicine and new techniques which added significantly to their life span. Because of this medical progress, for the first time, spinal cord injured veterans could leave the confines of the VA or military hospital, return home to work or rejoin society.  Unfortunately, much of society proved to be unwilling, unable, or ill-prepared to accommodate the needs of paralyzed veterans."

Hollywood movie makes first touched upon these issues in The Men (Marlon Brando, 1950). Others, Coming Home (Jon Voight/Jane Fonda, 1978) and Born on the Fourth of July (Tom Cruise, 1989), would focus on paralyzed survivors of the Vietnam War.

Quadalajara:  The Utopia That Once Was tells the story of a number of brave souls, among them veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam who ventured into uncharted territory, leaving behind family, friends, and the safe confines of institutions, and a life expectancy of seven to however many years, in search of a second chance at life.  They discovered paradise South of the Border in--Quadalajara.

Follow the author on his journey from Qui Nhon to Quadalajara.  Find out whatever happened to The Men.

Keith Ziegler representing the Mexico Chapter of the PVA at an annual convention
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