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Souls Under Siege: The Effects of Multiple Troop Deployments-and How to Weather the Storm
Everyone is looking for a quick fix for the current war—to win it, fight it, or end it! In the meantime, the resiliency of the dedicated men and women serving our country has been stretched thin by another concern—the “siege of their souls” as they go through the revolving door of seemingly endless combat tours.
The most voracious enemy for today’s troops and their families is time, attrition, and unpreparedness. These elements continue to eat away at every level of their lives. It is all in the makeup of living under siege, and those under siege need to find ways to hold their ground as long as the war lasts. They need to prepare well in advance for the inevitability of multiple deployments.
It has been confirmed that warriors on their third and fourth tours of duty have much greater rates of mental health challenges than those on their first or second deployments. Time, and the wear and tear, has become a daunting enemy.
For the families—the weight of these deployments is magnified when they are ill-prepared for the tremendous emotional change and upheaval that may develop from these circumstances.
Dr. Bridget C. Cantrell is the author of “Down Range to Iraq and Back” and “Once a Warrior: Wired For Life” and she now brings you “Souls under Siege: The Effects of Multiple Troop Deployments—and How to Weather the Storm”. It is a book that will help us all find ways to support and tend to those living with the pressures of multiple deployments.
Its’ thrust is to not only expand awareness of the issues involved, but to also outline sensible tools for finding relief in these trying times.
“Souls under Siege” is not a book to sit idle on your shelf. It will become a useful guide to be used over and over again.
From war fighter to citizen soldier…
As a caring society we cannot afford to neglect the fact that “welcome home, go back to work and forget the war” is not as easy as it sounds. Helping our military men and women transition from an adrenaline-fueled, tactically disciplined life, to conventional life in a civilian environment is a critical endeavor both for the individual and the nation.
“Once a Warrior: And Wired For Life” illustrates how to turn negatives into positives and assists our highly trained military personnel in utilizing their tremendous potential in achieving success and happiness after their released from military service. This book highlights the path along the way to transitioning from warrior to civilian. It is not a book to read just once, but one to study over and over again.
The authors of best-selling, “Down Range: To Iraq and Back”, Dr. Bridget Cantrell and Vietnam Veteran Chuck Dean, have teamed up once again to take you on the next step in the process of coming home when your tour of duty is over.
Down Range: To Iraq and Back
There are some things people don’t get over easily —
pain from the past is one of them.
Trauma changes people: It changes values, priorities, worldviews, and most of all…it changes how we relate to others. Painful, life-threatening experiences take people beyond the normal day-to-day life, leaving them stuck behind defensive walls that keep them from re-entering the world they have always known as “home”.
So how does it happen? How do we lose the loving closeness with those around us? And better yet, how do we re-gain what pain has robbed us of?
“Down Range” is not only a book explaining war trauma — it is required reading for anyone seriously interested about how to make healthy transitions from war to peace.
Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph.D. and Vietnam veteran, Chuck Dean have joined forces to present this vital information and resource manual for both returning troops and their loved ones. Here you will find answers, explanations, and insights as to why so many combat veterans suffer from flashbacks, depression, fits of rage, nightmares, anxiety, emotional numbing, and other troubling aspects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
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