Hidden Battles on Unseen Fronts: Stories of American Soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD

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This book is crafted around soldiers’ stories of their war experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan that culminate in life-altering injuries to the brain and psyche, along with the equally dramatic story of their recoveries. An irony of America’s 21st century wars has been that while our combat medical and medevac capabilities have grown enormously (from a rough average of 4:1 wounded to dead in WWII to 8:1 today), the nature of many of our soldiers’ wounds has undergone a subtle change. Men and women who survive the ...
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Overview

This book is crafted around soldiers’ stories of their war experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan that culminate in life-altering injuries to the brain and psyche, along with the equally dramatic story of their recoveries. An irony of America’s 21st century wars has been that while our combat medical and medevac capabilities have grown enormously (from a rough average of 4:1 wounded to dead in WWII to 8:1 today), the nature of many of our soldiers’ wounds has undergone a subtle change. Men and women who survive the thick of combat, including repeated concussions, increasingly present a difficult-to-detect kind of injury, no less debilitating then wounds from bullets or shrapnel.

This book documents the ever-increasing cases of physical or mental brain trauma among our vets that has risen as a direct result of more soldiers surviving their flesh wounds on the battlefield. The chapters are developed from interviews with troops and their family members, and bridged with essays by mental health professionals, veterans’ advocates, and members of the VA and DoD, all of whom are working in the front lines of what is quickly developing into a national crisis of unfathomable cost in both lives and money.

All royalties from this work will go directly to the front line of support for wounded warriors with PTSD and TBI, and their families.

REVIEWS

“ ...a thorough resource guide…an invaluable volume for vets and their families, and yet another important cry for the proper treatment of the nation’s defenders on the field and at home.”
Publisher’s Weekly, 03/2009

",,,heartrending accounts of wounded Soldiers and Marines make it a most worthwhile read."
Proceedings, 04/2009

“These inspirational stories demonstrate the successful use of resources by motivated families and individuals. However, they also highlight the difficulties that soldiers and their families face in gaining access to resources against seemingly insurmountable odds, and the economic hardships that characterize life with TBI and PTSD. . . . Recommended.”
—CHOICE, 12/2009

“Twenty one short chapters tell the story of 21 veterans… and offer further proof that not all wounds are only skin deep… provides welcome transparency…makes you want to listen to what the doctors say.”
Army Times, 12/2010

“Drawing from reflections of soldiers as well as much psychological and medical insight, HIDDEN BATTLES ON UNSEEN FRONTS brings attention to the real problem facing our recent war veterans.”
The Midwest Book Review, 01/2011

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Drawing from reflections of soldiers as well as much psychological and medical insight, HIDDEN BATTLES ON UNSEEN FRONTS brings attention to the real problem facing our recent war veterans.
Publishers Weekly
“ …a thorough resource guide…an invaluable volume for vets and their families, and yet another important cry for the proper treatment of the nation’s defenders on the field and at home.”
Publishers Weekly
In 2003, author and film producer Straus (Prayers on My Pillow) began interviewing troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for the non-profit Armed Forces Foundation; as they returned home, she found their psychological wounds going unaddressed by the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (DVA). In 42 harrowing, inspiring stories, Straus crafts a multi-faceted view of the neglect and bureaucratic nonsense faced by returning warriors and their families. Though neurologist Col. Christopher Williams denies that the DoD or DVA are "falling short" in caring for vets with "invisible wounds" like traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), the stories of servicemen like Marine Corp Sergeant Christopher Horman speak for themselves: discharged with noted injuries, including PTSD, he secured treatment (with help from the AFF) only after he had lost his job, was forced to send away one of his sons, pawn his and his wife's wedding rings and move the family into a motel. With a thorough resource guide and input from caregivers and family members, often dealing with their own psychological hurdles, this is an invaluable volume for vets and their families, and another important cry for the proper treatment of the nation's defenders on the field and at home.
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CHOICE
These inspirational stories demonstrate the successful use of resources by motivated families and individuals. However, they also highlight the difficulties that soldiers and their families face in gaining access to resources against seemingly insurmountable odds, and the economic hardships that characterize life with TBI and PTSD. . . . Recommended.
Proceedings
,,,heartrending accounts of wounded Soldiers and Marines make it a most worthwhile read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935149408
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 613,301
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Brigadier General Loree K. Sutton ix

Introduction Patricia P. Driscoll 1

1 Deployed, Decorated and Living in a Car: The Story of Marine Corps Sergeant Christopher Horman 5

2 Deciding Who is Sane Enough to Fight: The Ethics of Military Medicine in a Time of War Alice Psirakis 11

3 Landmine Blast to a Soul: The Story of Army SPC Walter Blackston 17

4 America Keeps its Promise: The Truth About Military Care of Warriors with Traumatic Brain Injury Colonel Christopher S. Williams 23

5 Bringing the War Home: The Story of Army Chief Warrant Officer Richard Gutteridge 27

6 Healing the Human Spirit, Hour by Hour Barbara V. Romberg 35

7 Deeper Than War: The Story of US Marine Corps Captain Tyler Boundreau 39

8 The VA'S Suicide Prevention Hotline: Saving the Lives of Veterans Dr. Janet Kemp 45

9 A Sharpshooter Fires Back: The Story of Army PFC Robert Kislow 51

10 The Expert Consultants: Our Patients Kelly Petska Donald MacLennan 57

11 War Chant: The Story of Army Sergeant John "Medicine Bear" Radell 65

12 The Weapon of Choice-Patience Dr. Charles 71

13 A Woman at War: The Story of Army 2nd Lieutenant Sylvia Blackwood-Boutelle 75

14 I Just Want to be Back in Iraq Alice Psirakis 81

15 At Home Outside the Wire: The Story of Marine Corps Corporal William Berger 85

16 Winning Hidden Battles: Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Bill Yamanaka 91

17 A Neverending Battle: The Story of Army Corporal Jonnei Campaz 97

18 The Real Story Behind Your Story Dr. Rick Levy 103

19 Against All Odds: The Story of Marine Corps Corporal Joshua Hoffman 111

20 AVeterans' Guide to Mental Health Services in the VA Ira R. Katz Bradley Karlin 119

21 When Mommy Comes Home: The Story of Army Sergeant Devore Barlowe 127

22 Why are you Always Angry, Mommy? Children in Wartime-How to Know When Help Is Needed Michael Genhart 133

23 A Good Wacking: The Story of Army Sergeant David Emme 137

24 The Mental Transceiver Norman McCormack 145

25 I'll Never Leave You: The Story of Army National Guard Sergeant Jose Pequeno and His Mother, Nelida Bagley 147

26 The Faces Behind the Files: The VA's Polytrauma System of Care Dr. Barbara Sigford 153

27 Portrait of Resilience: The Story of Army Sergeant Brent Bretz 159

28 Families of Honor Dr. Mary Car-Blanchard 165

29 Delta Force Down: The Story of Army Special Operations Sergeant Bryan Lane 169

30 Realizing the Promise of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies in the VHA Bradley Karlin Josef Ruzek Kathleen Chard 173

31 A Wounded Warrior: The Story of Army Sergeant Nathan Towes 181

32 Falling Through the Cracks: Why Time Is Runing Out by Lt. Colonel Cynthia Rasmussen 187

33 Courage to Heal: The Story of Army National Guard Sergeant Michael Mills and Suki Mills 191

34 Tending, Attending, and Healing: All Together, One by One Dr. Joseph Bobrow 201

35 Sleepless in Silver Spring: The Story of National Guard Specialist 1st Class Duval Diaz 207

36 The Battle for Love Mitchell S. Tepper 213

37 One Foot is Better than Two: The Story of Army Corporal Nicholas Firth and His Mother, Faye Firth 221

38 Facing Our Fears Barbara V. Romberg 227

39 Afraid to Trust: The Story of Marine Corps Sergeants Kelly Meister and Cody Sepulvida 233

40 The Road Back to Self: It's the Journey, Not the Destination David Carroll 241

41 A Family Affair: The Story of Army Sergeant John Weinburgh and Lindsey Weinburgh 247

42 Preparing Ourselves to Help with the Journey Home Barbara Tiner 253

Acknowledgments Celia Straus 257

About the Contributors 261

Resources for Military Service Members and Families 273

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Excellent book. Must read.

    Highlights the real problems men and women face coming home from the war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2009

    REMARKABLE STORY FROM THE RETURNING VETERAN FROM A WAR ZONE.

    I highly recommend people to buy this book, after they read this book all Veteran will be highly respected for the scrafice they give for there country.

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