Combat Trauma: A Personal Look at Long-Term Consequences

James D. Johnson, Rowman & Littlefield, $29.95 (150p) ISBN 9781442204348
In this incredibly courageous expose, a group of 16 Vietnam veterans look at the realities of combat trauma and their own PTSD, offering an intensely personal glimpse into what brings it on, why it isn't curable, what people can do to cope, and most importantly, how loved ones can come to terms with it. While this is by no means a clinical guide written by medical professionals, it is a strikingly honest look at an issue that is becoming more apparent in our society as combat veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan. Readers will be drawn in immediately—not to the jungles of Vietnam, but the internal hell of the men who fought there. Forty years after the fact, these men experience regular flashbacks; readers will be shocked and angered by the lack of government resources being devoted to the problem, and moved by the effects that these experiences have had on the soldiers' personal and professional lives. While a medical counterbalance might have been helpful for readers seeking a more clinical understanding of PTSD, in creating an emotional understanding, Johnson's book is a success. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 09/20/2010
Release date: 09/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 199 pages - 978-1-4422-0435-5
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