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

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

by Patricia P. Driscoll, Celia Straus
Hidden Battles on Unseen Fronts: Stories of American Soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD

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

by Patricia P. Driscoll, Celia Straus

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Overview

Veterans’ stories of PTSD and TBI anchor this “invaluable volume . . . another important cry for the proper treatment of the nation’s defenders” (Publishers Weekly).
 
In the twenty-first century, the US military has vastly improved its combat medical and medevac capabilities. But even as more soldiers survive the thick of combat, they are returning home with invisible wounds that go tragically untreated. Hidden Battles on Unseen Fronts details the ever-increasing documented cases of physical or mental brain trauma among veterans. The authors share the “harrowing, inspiring stories” of soldiers who came home from Iraq or Afghanistan with life-altering injuries to the brain and psyche, along with their equally dramatic stories of recovery (Publishers Weekly).
 
The chapters are developed from interviews with troops and their family members, and supported with essays by mental health professionals, veterans’ advocates, and members of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, all of whom are working on the front lines of this national health crisis.
 
All royalties from this work will go directly to the front line of support for wounded warriors with PTSD and TBI and their families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612000251
Publisher: Casemate Publishers (Ignition)
Publication date: 01/10/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 324
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

A native of El Paso Texas, Patricia Driscoll now heads a national charity, the Armed Forces Foundation, as well as a private security and surveillance company, Frontline Defense Systems, LLC., both based out of Washington, DC.

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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