Wounded Warrior

Wounded Warrior

ASCENT: how one quadriplegic fought for a full life and soared

By Bruce McGhie

41fdaRGVpVL._AA160_As one follows McGhie through the years, his disability quickly blends into the background as his accomplishments mount. The book helps to defuse the fear and awkwardness others feel in the presence of the disabled while simultaneously inspiring every person to make the most out of his or her life. A compelling story, the book strives to illuminate the amazing accomplishments of one man and his highly supportive wife while also providing an example of the inherent power people have to transcend handicaps–physical or otherwise–and live full and meaningful lives.

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Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families

By Keith Armstrong

51wfa8iMxlL._AA160_The bravery displayed by our soldiers at war is commonly recognized. However, often forgotten is the courage required by veterans when they return home and suddenly face reintegration into their families, workplaces, and communities. Authored by three mental health professionals with many years of experience counseling veterans, Courage After Fire provides strategies and techniques for this challenging journey home.

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Down Range To Iraq and Back

By Ph.D. Bridget C. Cantrell

A book dedicated to bringing the troops home and addressing the challenges of re-integration from combatant to civilian. Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph.D. and Vietnam veteran Chuck Dean, present vital information for returning troops and loved ones. Why do so many veterans suffer from flashbacks, depression, fits of rage, nightmares, anxiety, emotional numbing, and other aspects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? The answers are here.

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Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming

By Jonathan Shay

In this ambitious follow-up to Achilles in Vietnam, Dr. Jonathan Shay uses the Odyssey, the story of a soldier’s homecoming, to illuminate the pitfalls that trap many veterans on the road back to civilian life. Seamlessly combining important psycho- logical work and brilliant literary interpretation with an impassioned plea to renovate American military institutions, Shay deepens our understanding of both the combat veteran’s experience and one of the world’s greatest classics.

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

By Charles Hoge

The essential handbook for anyone who has ever returned from a war zone, and their spouse, partner, or family members.

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Once a Warrior: Wired for Life

By Bridget C. Cantrell Ph.D

This book highlights the path along the way to transitioning from warrior to civilian.

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Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome

By David X. Cifu MD

Overcoming Post Deployment Syndrome is a comprehensive guide for servicemembers, Veterans and their families dealing with the all-too-common repercussions of combat duty, including traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and musculoskeletal injury, and substance abuse.

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Shadow of the Sword

By Jeremiah Workman

Awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry under fire, Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Workman is one of the Marine Corps’ best-known contemporary combat veterans. In this searing and inspiring memoir, he tells an unforgettable story of his service overseas–and of the emotional wars that continue to rage long after our fighting men come home.

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Soft Spots: A Marine’s Memoir of Combat and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By Clint Van Winkle

A powerful, haunting, provocative memoir of a Marine in Iraq—and his struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in a system trying to hide the damage done

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

By Laura Hillenbrand

51BFWl34P0L._SL300_On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

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War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-tramatic Stress Disorder

By Edward Tick

The key to healing, says psychotherapist Ed Tick, is in how we understand PTSD. In war’s overwhelming violence, the soul—the true self—flees and can become lost for life. He redefines PTSD as a true identity disorder, with radical implications for therapy. First, Tick establishes the traditional context of war in mythology and religion. Then he describes in depth PTSD in terms of identity issues. Finally, drawing on world spiritual traditions, he presents ways to nurture a positive identity based in compassion and forgiveness.

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Warrior Mindset: Mental Toughness Skills for a Nation’s Peacekeepers

By Michael J. Asken, Dave Grossman, Loren W. Christensen and Brad Thor

41ymUHibHoL._AA160_Those who place themselves in harm’s way are consistently told to focus, concentrate and utilize the warrior mindset. However, rarely are they trained HOW to accomplish this. It is often assumed that mental toughness will automatically result from physical and tactical training. This is not always true, but mental toughness skills can be trained directly.

Warrior Mindset presents psychological techniques and training to develop Mental Toughness, the Survival Mindset and a hardened focus. The goal is to integrate the psychological with physical and tactical training to add a dimension that is often overlooked, but necessary to achieve maximal performance excellence. If you only talk about mental toughness but don’t actively train it, you haven’t developed the complete warrior.

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What It Is Like to Go to War

By Karl Marlantes

In What It Is Like to Go to War, Marlantes takes a deeply personal and candid look at what it is like to experience the ordeal of combat, critically examining how we might better prepare our soldiers for war. Marlantes weaves riveting accounts of his combat experiences with thoughtful analysis, self-examination, and his readings—from Homer to The Mahabharata to Jung. He makes it clear just how poorly prepared our nineteen-year-old warriors are for the psychological and spiritual aspects of the journey.

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