David M. Salkin will be making an appearance for Dr. Richard Trimble at the Ocean County College Military History Institute on December 18th. The Monday night class will include a guest lecture followed by a book signing. BATTLE SCARS has been added to Dr. Trimble’s reading list for his military history class.

“It’s a great honor to speak to Dr. Trimble’s class about Battle Scars. I think it’s an important book to help students understand the real sacrifices and hardships our modern war fighters face each day. Books like What They Carried, The 13th Valley, and now Battle Scars, give the reader a behind-the-movie-screen look at real life. This story is fiction, but the main character is an amalgamation of many veterans I have met and tried to assist over the years. Fiction or not, the story is raw and real. Because it’s a novella, you can read it in three hours – but I think it will stay with your for a few days.”

To arrange speaking engagements for schools, book clubs, or other venues, contact Dave at DMSalkinAuthor@Gmail.com


“This book is a gut check for those who have worn the cloth of the nation. For those who have not it is a testimonial for those who have served and sacrificed. As American s we are blessed with freedom. It comes at a price.”

James E. Livingston

Major General USMC (Ret)

Medal of Honor Recipient

“This book was a tough read, and at the same time I couldn’t put it down. Salkin got this one right! Every now and again you come across a book that is as much cathartic as it is entertaining. At a time when we are losing way too many Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, it struck a chord  with this Old Soldier.”

COL William L. Peace, Sr.

U.S. Army National Guard

“David Salkin has fired at close range and with unerring accuracy with this tale! He takes a tough situation that is all-too-often neglected and gives it life. This story is for all veterans and their supporters. His first-person writing style makes the reader feel present throughout the story. It’s a quick read that will leave you thinking long after completion. I most strongly recommend it to all who are interested in understanding better the true costs of America’s conflicts—past, present, and future. “

Major General GT Garrett, USA (Ret)

42nd Infantry Division

“Dave hit the nail on the head with this one. It’s a quick read simply because you don’t want to stop turning the page. This may be fiction but it certainly doesn’t read that way.”                    Neil T. Roeder, LTC, MS USAR

“David Salkin’s story is a must-read for all Veterans and supporters. This book not only entertains you, it educates you on the price paid by those who have the guts to walk the walk.  His first-person writing takes you on a ride which seems to bring out all emotions and it also places you right on the battlefield. Maybe it’s just my love of heroic deeds but it sure knocked me on my knees. The read is overall life-like and is very consistent with the actions taking place every day in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kudos to Dave for really knocking this one out of the park”                                                                                                                           Christian S. DiMeo (Ret) SFC.
USMC / Embassy Marine Cairo/Beirut/Geneva – ARMY NG / Operation Enduring Freedom

“Battle Scars” hits like an RPG!  Camaraderie, adrenaline, fear, loss, hope and redemption all in one exhilarating and disturbingly beautiful tale. Hard to believe David hasn’t been on the battlefield, because this tale rocked me back for days! A must read for everyone who is, has been, or supports our warriors!                                                                                                                Wayne Emery CPT, USA   Military Assistance Command Vietnam, I Corps Team Leader, Advisory Team 1 and Advisory Team 3

“David Salkin is a masterful writer, I felt as if I was riding along in that up armored HUMVEE. Battle Scars is an incredible story of brothers in arms and the bonds formed in combat. The struggles that are faced by combat veterans returning from war are real and nothing I’ve read brings that story to life like Battle Scars. This is a must read!”

LTCOL T. Kevin White “TK”

150th Special Operations Wing

“For anyone who’s ever been there, this book brings back all the sights, sounds and smells of deployment like none other. Take care in the reading because Battle Scars is real. An often painful, always enthralling reminder of what we give…and what we lose…whenever we send our men and women to war. Mr. Salkin brought to life the pain and struggles of our fellow veterans and showed an accurate account of their bravery off the field.”

S/Sgt Nicole Rosga

U.S. Air National Guard