Once a Warrior--Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home--Including Combat Stress, PTSD, and mTBI

Once a Warrior--Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home--Including Combat Stress, PTSD, and mTBI

by Charles Hoge

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The essential handbook for anyone who has ever returned from a war zone, and their spouse, partner, or family members. Being back home can be as difficult, if not more so, than the time spent serving in a combat zone. It’s with this truth that Colonel Charles W. Hoge, MD, a leading advocate for eliminating the stigma of mental health care, presents Once a Warrior—Always a Warrior, a groundbreaking resource with essential new insights for anyone who has ever returned home from a war zone. In clear practical language, Dr. Hoge explores the latest knowledge in combat stress, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury), other physiological reactions to war, and their treatment options. Recognizing that warriors and family members both change during deployment, he helps them better understand each other’s experience, especially living with enduring survival skills from the combat environment that are often viewed as “symptoms” back home. The heart of this book focuses on what’s necessary to successfully navigate the transition—“LANDNAV” for the home front. Once a Warrior—Always a Warrior shows how a warrior’s knowledge and skills are vital for living at peace in an insane world.

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ISBN-13: 9780762754427
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/23/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 139,872
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Col. Charles W. Hoge, M.D., Colonel U.S. Army (Retired), served as Director, Division of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research from November 2004 until his retirement in summer 2009. Since 2000, Colonel Hoge has directed a comprehensive research program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) focused on mitigating the mental health impact of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His program has been responsible for the Mental Health Advisory Team (MHAT) assessments in Iraq and Afghanistan, research that led to the DoD Post-Deployment Health Reassessment Program, and the development of novel educational efforts to reduce stigma and promote psychological health after deployment, including Battlemind Training. In addition, he maintains a clinical practice caring for soldiers and family members with war-related mental health conditions. Col. Hoge is also a national spokesperson for the Department of Defense (DoD) on war-related mental health issues and traumatic brain injury. He has been interviewed on hundreds of occasions by major news organizations on camera, radio, or in print, including NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, Reuters, AP News, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, and numerous others, including the Diane Rehm Show, the Paula Zahn Show, and the Dr. Oz Show. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, letters, and chapters. His most widely cited articles pertain to the mental health impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to mild traumatic brain injury among U.S. troops returning from Iraq. He is the recipient of numerous awards in his field, including the U.S. Army Achievement Medal for Psychiatric Research; the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for selection as finalist for Bailey K. Ashford Research Award, Walter Reed Medical Center; the Iraq Campaign Medal, OIF-2, Mental Health Advisory Team Member; the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal for General Officer Mental Health Summit, and, in 2006, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Combat Casualty Care Program Award for Excellence in research to support the mental health of deployed forces.

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"A workmanlike but user-friendly guide for returning combat vets experiencing a broad variety of adjustment problems." —-Library Journal

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Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Recommended by USMC veterans and this Marine spouse. Read it and then tell your friends and family to read it. Understand your warrior and love and respect them even more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a tremendous amount of information in it. It helped understand many things that was explained to me before or told to me. Many of the things written in this book now makes since to me and the tools and suggestions really work.
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toddstage More than 1 year ago
As a Vet from OIF, I appreciate the balance this book makes between breaking down PTSD academically and telling it from a grunt's perspective. I especially appreciated the "back home" accounts of the 1st Sgt.
Gulf-War-1-Warrior More than 1 year ago
In reading the first three chapters, Hoge changed my thinking about PTSD dramatically. As a Gulf War veteran who returned with an array of medical conditions, I was initially told it was all stress related; however, I was a nonbeliever. Hoge addresses this in his book. I began to understand -- for the first time -- that PTSD is not only for combat veterans who actually fired a shot in anger, but also for those support troops that simply lived in "fear" of SCUDS, NBC attacks and the "mother of all ground action" -- but never really experienced. A large part of this fear was due to the inability to defeat it -- fire back at the enemy. Many ill Gulf War veterans may want to read this book and reflect back on their time in the "sandbox" only to return with unanswered health problems. I was particularly surprised by the symptoms that I shared with those with actual combat experiences. I also reflected on other "highly stressful" military occupations that place service members in dangerous situation right here in CONUS -- military law enforcement, firefighter, medics, missile launch officers -- many occupations that seeking mental health counseling could adversely impact security clearances or promotional potential. Good read and got me thinking difference about PTSD -- and seeking new answers to why am I sick? This book opened a new door for me.