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Accepting the Ashes
A daughter's look at Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
 Author: Quynn Elizabeth, Copyright @ 2007
Available at www.acceptingtheashes.com
Written by the daughter of a two-time Vietnam veteran in the year of her father's death and the escalation of the war in Iraq. In a time of war, what happens once a soldier comes home?

Due to her father's experiences in war he struggled with Post Traumatic Stress, heart sadness and alcoholism all his adult life even though he didn't get diagnosed with PTSD until 1992. In "Accepting the Ashes" Quynn shares her personal story so that other loved ones and soon-to-be veterans, who are fighting right now, might not have to wait 30 years to heal their painful feelings often caused by experiencing war-related stress. Available by book or audio CD.

After the War Zone
A practical guide for returning troops and their families
Authors: Matthew J. Friedman, Laurie B. Slone, Copyright @ 2008
  • Coping with common reactions
  • The aftereffects of "battle" mind
  • PTSD - what it is and is not
  • Home, work, and community concerns

A highly practical, user-friendly guide to homecoming--including common after-effects of war zone exposure and how to cope--for returning troops and their families.

Two experts from the VA National Center for PTSD provide an essential resource for service members, their spouses, families, and communities, sharing what troops really experience during deployment and back home. Pinpointing the most common after-effects of war and offering strategies for troop reintegration to daily life, Drs. Friedman and Slone cover the myths and realities of homecoming; reconnecting with spouse and family; anger and adrenaline; guilt and moral dilemmas; and PTSD and other mental-health concerns. 

With a wealth of community and government resources, tips, and suggestions, After the War Zone is a practical guide to helping troops and their families prevent war zone stresses from having a lasting negative impact. 

An Operators Manual for Combat PTSD
Essays for coping
Author: Ashley Hart II, Copyright @ 2000
An Operators Manual for Combat PTSD has been written to give the combat veteran a sense of hope and to develop an inner voice to assist in coping with everyday life. We live in two worlds: The physical world around us; the world we can see, hear, touch, and feel, and the world within ourselves. These essays assist the veteran in learning how to monitor triggers, our cues, and balance the world within with the world we live in. With harmonic balance, there is essential well being, validation, even joy. 

Courage After Fire
Coping strategies for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and
their families
Authors: Keith Armstrong, Dr. Suzanne Best, Dr. Paula Domenici, Copyright @ 2005
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. 

Courage After Fire offers soldiers and their families a comprehensive guide to dealing with the all-too-common repercussions of combat duty, including post-traumatic stress symptoms, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. It details state-of-the-art treatments for these difficulties and outlines specific ways to improve couple and family relationships. Courage After Fire also offers tips on areas such as rejoining the workforce and reconnecting with children. 

Down Range: To Iraq and Back
Authors: Bridget C. Cantrell, Chuck Dean, Copyright @ 2005
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).

Love Our Vets
Restoring hope for families of veterans with PTSD
Author: Welby O'Brien, Copyright @ 2012
Chances are that if your loved one has seen war, he or she has PTSD at some level, and you who love your veteran will also be deeply and profoundly affected.

Now here is a comprehensive, practical book solely dedicated to addressing the cries and needs of the loved ones. Finally! A book that is geared toward your needs and issues—your cries.

Love Our Vets answers more than 60 heartfelt questions, providing down-to-earth wisdom and much-needed tips for taking care of yourself. Sharing as a counselor and from her personal experience of living with a 100% disabled veteran with PTSD, Welby O’Brien gives hope, encouragement, and practical help for families and loved ones who are caught in the wake of the trauma. This book addresses a broad spectrum of issues and concerns and offers realistic wisdom from a wide variety of individuals who share from real hearts and lives.

Welcomed by VA and other counselors, this is not just another book about PTSD; rather, it is a tremendous resource for families and loved ones who struggle heroically along with their vets to face the day-to-day challenges.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for Dummies
Author: Mark Goulston, Copyright @ 2007
Cope with flashbacks, nightmares, and disruptive thoughts. Help your heart accept what your mind already knows — and overcome PTSD.

A traumatic event can turn your world upside down — but just because you're still afraid doesn't mean you're still in danger. There is a path out of PTSD, and this reassuring guide presents the latest on effective treatments that help to combat fear, stop stress in its tracks, and bring joy back to life. 

  • Identify PTSD symptoms and get a diagnosis 
  • Choose the ideal therapist for you 
  • Weigh the pros and cons of medications 
  • Maximize your healing 
  • Help a partner, child, or other loved one triumph over PTSD 

PTSD: A Fifteen Minute Guide to Combat Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Authors: Brannan Vines and Heather Hummert, Copyright @ 2011
Link to FREE e-book
More than 550,000 veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan (along with hundreds of thousands who bravely served in other wars and conflicts) are now dealing each day with the impact of Combat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

PTSD: A Fifteen Minute Guide to Combat Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an easy-to-read book which quickly covers key topics about this disorder including what combat PTSD is, what it "looks" like, how PTSD changes the brain, treatment options, where to get help, and where to find additional info and support.

It is a perfect way for veterans, loved ones, and those interested in supporting our nation's heroes and their families to begin getting an understanding of PTSD.

This book is a project of Family Of a Vet, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families learn how to cope with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), TBI (traumatic brain injury) and life after combat through real-world, plain language education and resources for heroes, families, and communities.

It's authors, Brannan P. Vines and Heather A. Hummert, are both leaders within the organization, recognized subject-matter experts, and most importantly, have experienced life with PTSD first-hand as wives of two of our country's 550,000+ combat heroes who are currently struggling each day with the disorder.

Running with the Hounds
Authors: David Wingfield, Charles Gillies, Copyright @ 2009
Running with the Hounds offers the reader a window into the lingering effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. David Wingfield's story is both unique and universal. For 30 years he hunted cougar and bear with hounds in the mountains of Oregon, but once he had his prey cornered, he would rarely kill. He is unaware that his refuge, the wilderness, is also the stage upon which he will relive the past. His story is tragic, rich, and redemptive. It speaks to the burdens of memory that veterans of every war keep to themselves. 

Tears of a Warrior
A family's story of combat and living with PTSD
Authors: Janet J. Seahorn, E. Anthony Seahorn, Copyright @ 2010
Available for FREE - Link
Tears of a Warrior: A Family's Story of Combat and Living with PTSD: Are you able to describe five characteristics of a combat veteran who is suffering from trauma (PTSD)? Tears of a Warrior is a patriotic book written about soldiers who are called to duty to serve their country. This is a story of courage, valor, and life-long sacrifice. After the cries of battle have ended, warriors return home to face their physical and mental challenges. Some who made the supreme sacrifice return home in a box draped in the American flag. Those more fortunate, often scarred for life, try to establish a new beginning for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, for many veterans and their families, life will never be the same. Society, overall, is simply too far removed from the realities of combat and a world filed with atrocities to truly comprehend or appreciate the experiences of returning veterans. If we send them, then we must mend them.

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship
How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship Healthy 
Author: Diane England, Copyright @ 2009
War, physical and sexual abuse, and natural disasters. All crises have one thing in common: Victims often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their loved ones suffer right along with them. In this book, couples will learn how to have a healthy relationship, in spite of a stressful and debilitating disorder. They'll learn how to:
  • Deal with emotions regarding their partner?s PTSD 
  • Talk about the traumatic event(s)
  • Communicate about the effects of PTSD to their children
  • Handle sexual relations when a PTSD partner has suffered a traumatic sexual event
  • Help their partner cope with everyday life issues 

When someone has gone through a traumatic event in his or her life, he or she needs a partner more than ever. This is the complete guide to keeping the relationship strong and helping both partners recover in happy, healthy ways.

The Veteran's PTSD Handbook
How to file and collect on claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Author: John D. Roche, Copyright @ 2007
From the author of The Veteran’s Survival Guide, The Veteran’s PTSD Handbook addresses the obstacles that veterans face when filing for benefits related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One of the greatest obstacles, John Roche writes, is establishing a connection between a veteran’s service and PTSD. Because both combat stressors and noncombat stressors can cause PTSD and because of the difficulties in diagnosing the condition, filing a successful claim for benefits based on PTSD is difficult.

In the same accessible, self-help style used in The Veteran’s Survival Guide, Roche offers detailed instructions on how to prepare a well-grounded claim for veterans’ benefits relating to PTSD. He also discusses the four years he spent helping one veteran establish a "service connection" for his PTSD claim with Veterans Affairs. This book will be required reading for any veteran or veteran’s dependent who wishes to obtain his or her well-earned benefits and for those officials of veterans’ service organizations who assist veterans with their claims.


Books - Christian

Angel of Death
True story of a Vietnam Vet's war experience and his battle to overcomePTSD, the "Cancer of the Soul"
    Author: John Blehm, Copyright  @ 2008
Also available as an e-book
For many soldiers, there is a war after the war. After experiencing the horrifying aspects of war, many soldiers are afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, termed by some as "cancer of the soul". In Angel of Death, John Blehm tells of his wartime experiences and the thirty-eight years he has been suffering from PTSD. The book is a combination of an original work, Death Angel, and an additional nine chapters written ten years after the first edition. These chapters chronicle Blehm's journey with PTSD and the way he found peace through his faith in God. Angel of Death is written with the help of his wife, Karen, and is for soldiers and their families who wonder if they will ever reconnect with society. It is written for those who are asked to lay down their weapons and return to civilian life but seem to have lost the necessary pieces for this transition. It is a message of hope for those who have lost it and cannot seem to come back, and it is the testimony of a tortured soul who has found peace within.

Coping with Traumatic Memory (Article)
Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal Article
By Diane Mandt Langberg, Copyright @ 2002
Topics include:
  • PTSD
  • Trauma and Memory
  • Subjective Experience of Trauma and Memory
  • Deep Memory, Anguished Memory
  • Humiliated Memory
  • Causes of Reliving Trauma
  • Emotions Accompanying Traumatic Memory
  • Spiritual Impact of Trauma

Faith in the Fog of War
Stories of triumph and tragedy in the midst of war
 Author: Chris Plekenpol, Copyright @ 2006
You want the flare of your faith to burn as intensely as a fire on the battlefield. That means digging into God’s truth regardless of the chaos raging around you. These devotions are written by a man who had considered war something that someone else always did, and was then himself deployed to Iraq as a company commander. From the frontlines of the blackest days and in the face of inexplicable suffering, you’ll discover the heart of the question, “Why, God?” and its often unsettling answer. Because in war, as in contemporary America , reality involves struggle, trial, and triumph. Let God meet you in the midst of life’s nonsense to find the peace that is a crucial part of His impeccable plan. 

Why, God? War screams the same questions whispered in everyday life. The battlefield explodes with the same tenacity of emotions that wretch our souls. Smoke fills the air just as doubt clouds our minds. Are you on the frontlines of war overseas? Or perhaps your battle is personal, deep within. These devotions, penned by Captain Chris Plekenpol while on the battlefield in Iraq, expose the depths of inexplicable suffering as well as the heights of incredible victory in God. 

Faith Under Fire
An army chaplain's memoir
 Authors: Roger Benimoff, Eve Conant,  Copyright @ 2009
“Running away from God doesn’t work. I had tried.” 
—Roger Benimoff

As he left for his second tour of duty as an Army chaplain in Iraq, Roger Benimoff noted in his journal: I am excited and I am scared. I am on fire for God...He is my hope, strength, and focus.

But not long after returning to Iraq, the burdens of his job–the memorial services for soldiers killed in action, the therapy sessions after contact with the enemy, the perilous excursions “outside the wire” while under enemy fire–began to overwhelm him. Amid the dust, heat, and blood of Iraq, Benimoff felt the pillar of strength he’d always relied on to hold him up–his faith in God–begin to crumble. 

Unable to make sense of the senseless, Benimoff turned to his journal. What did it mean to believe in a God who would allow the utter horror and injustice of war? Did He want these brave young men and women to die? In his darkest moment, Benimoff wrote: Why am I so angry? I do not want anything to do with God. I am sick of religion. It is a crutch for the weak.

Benimoff’s spiritual crisis heightened upon his return home to Fort Carson, Colorado. He withdrew emotionally from wife and sons, creating tensions that threatened to shatter the family. He was assigned to work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he counseled returning soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder–until he was diagnosed himself with PTSD.

Finding himself in the role of patient rather than caregiver, connecting as an equal with his fellow sufferers, and revisiting scriptural readings that once again rang with meaning and truth, he began his most decisive battle: for the love of his family and for the chance to once again open his heart to the healing grace of God. 

Intimate and powerful, drawing on Benimoff’s and his wife’s journals, Faith Under Fire chronicles a spiritual struggle through war, loss, and the hard process of learning to believe again.

Field of Influence
Author: Jenny Reese Clark, Copyright @ 2015
To change one's field of influence is to change the course of one's life.

"I have come to a point. If I move one more step in any direction, I have to acknowledge that I passed serious long ago. I pursue an ever-eluding precursor of death, and I'm never satisfied when I find it. The time I spend in pleasure does not outweigh the chase, and the reasons why I continue in this parody of life baffle me." - U.S. Marine Thurman Casey Shaw

With an honorable discharge and wounds more than surface deep, United States Marine Thurman Casey Shaw leaves one war zone to battle for a half-life existence in another. With a former brother as his only friend in New York, Casey loses himself inside of a world that he can't escape.

Addiction and desperate times lead him to an unusual proposal; Once you ingest the contents of this box, you must loosen its hold on your life forever. Accepting the challenge out of pure hopelessness, Casey has no clue that when he wakes up, his life will change whether he wants it to or not.

"This novel is a step by step walk through of one of the most dangerous places one can be. While filled with strong emotional content, the array of feelings are broad and explained in a way only one who has been there knows and can. As a former prisoner, I was spared by the same grace offered to Casey. Redemption, sacrifice, faith, and love are all core elements found in this work. It begins serious and ends even more intense.

This Marine's story is written for all who seek answers and my goal is that once read, those answers forge next steps." - Jenny Reese Clark

Finding God in the PTSD Battle (online devotional)
   Author: Lorrie Pies, Copyright @ 2007
Eight devotionals written by a chaplain spouse that deal with Finding God in the PTSD Battle.

God Understands (American Bible Society)
Armed Services Ministry in collaboration with Veteran Affairs (VA) chaplain consultants developed the God Understands series: A resource created to provide healing, hope and comfort to veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and the spiritual, physical and emotional brokenness brought on by active duty service.

Based on the Spiritual Injury Scale used by VA chaplains, real life situations about Veterans are shared to help identify spiritual injuries that often lead to feelings of uncertainty.

There is a common human thread that flows through our frailties, our weaknesses, our heartaches and our sufferings—and a common thread of hope that so many have found through prayer and Scripture.

Engaging this content can help you process your injuries and begin to heal. Start your own journey today.

Nam Vet
Making peace with your past
                 Author: Chuck Dean, Copyright @ 2000
Although the Vietnam War officially ended in 1975, it still rages in the lives of thousands of veterans and their families. This book not only tells why so many Vietnam veterans suffer from flashbacks, depression, fits of rage, nightmares, emotional numbing, and broken relationships, but it offers solid answers and gives hope. It reveals the way to peace on the subject of post-traumatic stress. 

Once a Warrior
Wired for life
              Authors: Bridget C. Cantrell, Chuck Dean, Copyright @ 2007
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 release 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.

Tending the Warrior Soul
Author: Louis Harrison, Copyright @ 2014
In war there are traumas to the soul that are not assuaged for the warrior by even the most excellent psychological care, medical interventions, and official support programs. Tending the Warrior Soul helps to advance understanding of this soul damage, and offers support, encouragement, lessons from personal experience, counsel, challenge, and resources to those God has called to care for warriors' souls, as well as to the warriors themselves and their loved ones. "Ministry to war experienced troops begins and ends with a servant's heart ... We must "remake" our worldview, expand our theological reference points, and accommodate our civilized views about violence, cruelty, right and wrong to the uncivilized applications of war. ... Neither God nor His commandments change, for these are the anchor points, trustworthy and sure. ... Teaching people to sort through the reality of God while sifting through the ashes of soul, spirit, and mind burned in the consequences of war is not "routine" business. Ministry to warriors is transformative." From Foreword, by Colonel Mike Hoyt, Chaplain, U.S. Army, Retired.

Lou Harrison never dreamed of "writing a book," and was embarrassed when it was suggested. The thoughts he had been writing down during his years of ministry were for his own understanding and growth in ministry to combatants. His words, advice and insight have been tested for accuracy and usefulness through feedback from war-experienced friends, extending from young grunts to ranking line officers and chaplains.

The Combat Trauma Healing Manual
Christ-centered solutions for combat trauma
Author: Rev. Chris Adsit, Copyright @ 2007
Available through www.crumilitary.org
The Combat Trauma Healing Manual offers spiritual solutions for struggles with PTSD by helping construct an environment that will give God optimal access to the wounded soul. Designed for individual or group study, the Combat Trauma Healing Manual combines the latest insights of the medical and counseling communities with the timeless principles of God’s Word.

The book outlines a step-by-step program that will help PTSD sufferers…
  • Understand your trauma – spiritually, psychologically and physiologically
  • Adopt therapeutic spiritual disciplines to bring you closer to God
  • Process your loss and grief
  • Experience the freeing influence of giving and receiving forgiveness
  • Rebuild your identity based on what God says about you
  • Strengthen yourself spiritually against future attacks
  • Connect with those who will support you in many ways
  • Define plans to fully reintegrate into society as a strengthened man or woman of God

Two Wars
One hero's fight on two fronts--abroad and within
       Author: Nate Self, Copyright @ 2008
For the first time, Army Ranger hero Nate Self tells his story. Self recounts the Roberts Ridge Rescue mission, the ferocious battles in Afghanistan, and the lone war of attrition that Nate Self has waged against post-traumatic stress disorder. This book will become a go-to book for understanding the long-term effects of the war on terror. Thousands of families are fighting this battle, and Nate Self opens up his whole life—tragedies, successes, failures, and a struggle with suicidal thoughts—to share the facts and to show how his family and his faith pulled him through.

When War Comes Home
Christ-centered healing for wives of combat veterans
Authors: Chris Adsit, Rahnella Adsit, Marshele Carter Waddell, Copyright @ 2008
Available through www.crumilitary.org
When War Comes Home: Christ-centered Healing for Wives of Combat Veterans offers comfort and practical help to the wives of combat veterans struggling with the hidden wounds of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Insights from the medical and counseling community are wrapped in biblical principles and the shared experiences of other military wives. The reader will: 
  • understand what happened to her husband – spiritually, psychologically and physiologically 
  • understand how her husband’s trauma symptoms are affecting her 
  • learn how to deal positively with grief, loss and forgiveness issues associated with PTSD 
  • learn how to build her own “healing place,” develop her support network, and know when and how to find physical safety 
  • understand and focus on her true identity in Christ 
  • recognize the real enemy and how to fight spiritual warfare 
  • learn how she can contribute to her husband’s healing environment 
  • learn how to construct a safe, healthy environment for her children 
  • understand the process of moving on to a “new normal” 

Wounded Soldier, Healing Warrior
A personal story of a Vietnam veteran who lost his legs but found hissoul
           Author: Allen B. Clark Jr., Copyright @ 2007
It was early morning, June 17, 1967, and Dak To Special Forces camp in Vietnam was under attack. A mortar exploded, and West Point graduate Allen B. Clark Jr.’s life was changed forever. This is the story of how one soldier, so gravely injured that both of his legs were amputated, turned his grievous loss into a personal triumph. Clark describes his struggle through a year-long recovery and a severe bout of post traumatic stress disorder, so little understood at the time.

He tells of earning his MBA from Southern Methodist University and finding employment as a personal financial assistant to Ross Perot, of moving on to public service and founding the Combat Faith Ministry, a lay ministry to veterans. Clark's story of growth and spiritual fulfillment wrested from his wartime tragedy is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and is of special relevance in our day of so many soldiers returning wounded in body and spirit from Iraq.

Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home
Hope and healing for families living with PTSD and TBI
Authors: Marshele Carter Waddell and Kelly K. Orr, Copyright @ 2013
For every wounded warrior, there is a wounded home--an immediate and extended family and community impacted by their loved one's war experiences. Every day service members are returning from combat deployments to their families. And every day war comes home with them.

When a combat veteran struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI), every member of the family experiences the effects. Spouses, parents, and children must undergo changes on the home front, a process that resembles the phases of grief. Confusion, hurt, anger, guilt, fatigue, and fear lie behind their brave smiles and squared shoulders. 

Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home gives hurting families a look inside the minds and hearts of wounded warriors and guides them in developing their own personal plan for physical, emotional, and spiritual wholeness in the wake of war. The authors, one the wife of a career US Navy SEAL and the other a clinical psychologist and Vietnam veteran, speak from their own experiences of living with PTSD and TBI. They also share insights from dozens of families and careful research, offering readers a hope-filled way forward.
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