Combat Trauma: A Personal Look at Long-Term Consequences

Combat Trauma: A Personal Look at Long-Term Consequences

by James D. Johnson

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Much has been written of the short-term experience of combat trauma. Almost nothing has been documented about how that trauma impacts individuals years after their first conflict experiences and into later life. Here, Johnson relates the stories of fifteen of his combat brothers to share with the world what their terror of four decades ago has done to them and how it affects them to this day. With candor and vivid detail, they reveal how their combat trauma symptoms still infect their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors on a daily basis. Those returning from battle now and their family and friends will find here a roadmap of what to expect from those suffering from PTSD as a result of combat. With this knowledge, today's veterans and those who love and care for them can tackle the issues and challenges so that symptoms may be minimized and addressed. Those who still carry these wounds will find that they are not alone, and that there are ways of dealing with the horror, no matter how long ago it may have been. Johnson concludes the book with resources for obtaining help and mending the spirit in the face of what can be debilitating thoughts and fears.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442204362
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/16/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 730 KB

About the Author

James D. Johnson is a retired Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) and was a counselor/therapist in Fayetteville, NC for over fifteen years. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff college and completed four units of specialized training in Clinical Pastoral Education. He spent a year in Vietnam as an infantry battalion chaplain in the Mekong Delta. He was awarded several Bronze Stars (two with valor), the Air Medal, and nine other American and Vietnamese awards. He also was awarded five Meritorious Service medals and two Army Commendation medals. He is author of Combat Chaplain: A Thirty-Year Vietnam Battle. He has written or been written about in many publication including Vet Extra, Vietnam Magazine, Front Porch, the Fayetteville Observer and others.

Table of Contents

1 1. Then and Now
2 2. We Sixteen - Who We Are
4 3. Our Trauma
5 4. Broken Bodies, Minds and Brotherhood
7 5. On The Home Front
8 6. Ignored by the Government, Society and the Public
10 7. Sleep Problems and Nightmares
11 8. Flashbacks
12 9. Triggers
13 10. Withdrawal, Numbness and Depression
14 11. Fear and Anger
15 12. Hyper Vigilance, Startle and Concentration
16 13. Guilt, Trust, Denial
17 14. Memories and Re-experiencing Combat Trauma
18 15. Work and Career
19 16. Family, Faith and Morality
20 17. Physical Problems and Combat Trauma
21 18. Wannabees, Liars and Pretenders
22 IV. HOPE AND HELP - Care and Treatment
23 19. Re-establishment of the Brotherhood
24 20. Treating Ourselves
25 21. The Veterans Administration
26 22. Veterans Helping Veterans
27 23. Then and Now - Again
28 24. In Memoriam - Mitch Perdue

What People are Saying About This

Jason A. Stewart

James Johnson's Combat Trauma offers a searing account of the impacts of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as told from the perspective of sixteen combat veterans who have suffered, endured, and gained valuable insight from their experiences. Anyone seeking to understand the effects of combat stress and the men who suffer from it should read this book.

Michael Anthony

It's no easy road for returning veterans and that return home can be a lot easier with a map-Combat Trauma: A Personal Look at Long-Term Consequences is that map. There are a lot of things I could say about this important piece of work, but in simplest terms, this book will save lives.

Stanley Krippner

If you are puzzled by the term "post-traumatic stress disorder," you could do nothing better than read Combat Trauma: A Personal Look at Long-Term Consequences. In this bombshell of a book, sixteen veterans of the Vietnam War describe their heroic battles, first with the enemy and then with their own internal demons. They describe PTSD as "a lifetime sentence," "being trapped in the past," "four decades of pain," and "walking the point alone." Anyone who has a friend or relative with a PTSD diagnosis needs to read this book in order to gain at least a partial understanding of a sear to the soul that never seems to heal. For mental health professionals, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder; for me it is also a combat wound, and this incredible book bears testimony to that judgment.

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