The Question and Answer section for The Things They Carried is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
From the text:
The three men did not speak for a time. The pack was heavy with mud and water, dead-looking. Inside were a pair of moccasins and an illustrated New Testament.
O’Brien recounts that he decided to run away to Canada. He left a note for his parents, and took the car and headed north. He found a fishing resort called the Tip Top Lodge, and the owner, Elroy Berdahl, took him in without asking questions. The...
O'Brien uses this book to tell his version of the truth. This is based on a true story yet much of it is fiction. O'Brien, however, considers it the definition of truth.