Raymond Gustavson is retired from the VA Regional Office in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he was a Rating Specialist (RVSR) on the Appeals Team. He has a BS in Political Science from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn., and extensive graduate credits in Political Science from Rutgers University. He’s a member of Vietnow, and a contributing editor to their publication. His published novel, A Thirst for War, was a semifinalist in the 2009 William Faulkner Competition, and had an honorable mention at the recent Los Angeles Times Literary Festival. The sequel, In the Hands of the Wolf, was a semifinalist in the 2011 William Faulkner Competition, and won Third Prize at the 2012 Florida Writers Association convention. He is completing a self-help book to aid veterans seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.