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Down Range: To Iraq and Back Paperback – Unabridged, July 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1933150062 ISBN-10: 1933150068 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hearts Toward Home International; 1 edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933150068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933150062
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


What I liked best about this book was how it makes an effort to de-stigmatize PTSD. The principle I took to heart most was that PTSD is not a mental illness, but a normal reaction to an abnormal set of circumstances. Perhaps this understanding will encourage some of our "hard-core" soldiers to put aside their pride and get the help they may need. --Book Review by Lauren Sullivan

About the Author

Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph.D. writes and travels extensively around the globe teaching and conducting workshops for our current military personnel and their families. She focuses on pre and post deployment issues, Combat Operational Stress (COS), and all transitional challenges that our Armed Forces are continually confronted with. Her workshops have been given in both the European and Pacific duty assignments, and her timely books are utilized throughout all branches of the service and veterans organizations. Dr. Cantrell is the President/CEO of Hearts Toward Home International, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the recovery and reintegration of trauma survivors. Her home base is in the Pacific Northwest.

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Customer Reviews

Great book that is helpful and easy to read.
Part of the magic of a book like this is that it makes it okay to express difficulties and ask for help.
Susan Rose Blauner
This book is a must read for those preparing to go to war an those veterans coming back.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Charlene Rubush VINE VOICE on November 2, 2006
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Kudos to Chuck Dean and Bridget Cantrell- I am very grateful for finding this book. How I longed for such a book back in 1968, when a soldier I loved came back from Vietnam with PTSD.

I didn't know what I was dealing with then, only that our lives were not normal.Those of us whose lives were personally affected by Vietnam, during and after the war, suffered from a lack of information, as well as the general apathy of the American public. Many of us survived our experience on our own,yet carry deep scars. Many didn't survive at all.

It is heartening to know that our latest warriors and families will have this life-altering, mind-saving, packed with knowledge guide to help them along the rocky road of living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on a daily basis. This book should be read by the general public, so that they would gain insight into the challenges faced by those sent off to foreign lands, to fight their battles. Read it, share it, and pass it on. We'll all be better for it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christy on July 30, 2006
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I received this book for free from the mobilization station when I was leaving for my overseas duty and it is available to all soldiers all you have to do is ask. A must read for all soldiers returning from operations in the Middle East. You have so many things in your mind that you cannot explain or understand and this book helps put your feelings and thoughts into perspective. I highly recommend that all soldiers request and read this book and share with their families. Acclimating back into your life that you left is a hard thing to do and it can also be quite the challenge for those left at home that don't understand what we saw and did, so help them out and give them this book! All family support centers should be able to help you out and if you can't find it anywhere in the Army system, then buy it! It is worth the cost to help understand and to help your families welcome you home again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Harley on August 22, 2005
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The book should be in the possession of every combat serviceman and his family. Dean and Cantrell build on Dean's two prior books about essentially the same topic: The damage warriors bring home, but that cannot be easily seen. Nonphysical wounds of a psychological nature are as real as shrapnel holes! Returning to the family after being in combat can be a difficult transition for many young men and nowdays for women. Families need to know what to expect, and so does the returning service member. It was recently estimated that as many as 36% of our returnees from Iraq and Afghanistan may be affected by serious cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If this is true, it's a calamity we cannot ignore.

Get the book and read it cover to cover. It takes on difficult challenges, and may help get us through the minefields of trauma in homecoming.The message is important to families as well as to the serving member. This first edition has some grammar problems that detract from the message at times. Subsequent editions can be expected to be more professionally edited.

A best seller? We shall see, but it is certainly something it will pay to get your hands on if you have a loved one in a combat zone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Natasha S. on June 10, 2007
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This book is spectacular. Not everything in it applies to all combat veterans, of course. But it can be a lifesaver if you can get your loved one who has been through combat to read it. It saved the mental health and the marriage of a couple of friends of mine, and I'm grateful. I've ended up buying 6 copies because I keep finding people to give them away to.

It combines the 'I've been there too' perspective of a Vietnam veteran with the knowledge of a Ph.D, and it can be invaluable in helping veterans seeing that they are not alone, that they are not 'broken', and that help is available. It can help their loved ones to understand what the veteran is going through, realize that what seem to be insurmountable problems in their relationships may just be the veteran struggling to deal with his wounds any way he can.

Soldiers and families of soldiers: buy it and read it even if you don't think you'll need it. Read it so you have the wherewithal to help a friend in need, if nothing else.

And to combat veterans of OIF/OEF: if you get out of the service, immediately register at the VA. If you don't register w/in two years of discharge, your eligibility for health care, even for combat-related conditions, is severely limited. Register upon discharge even if you don't think you'll need the help... because you'd rather have the option and not need the help, than need it and be ineligible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Dahlin on September 5, 2005
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For about 35 years I lived in denial of the term PTSD. Being a self-sufficient Swede, martial arts instructor, logger,a combat-Marine and finally a pastor I didn't believe my attitudes had little or anything to do with the war. After reading Chuck's book "Nam Vet and now "Down Range:To Iraq and Back", the latter containing professional insights by Dr Bridget C. Cantrell, I am now convinced that Vietnam in fact have negatively influenced my life drastically.

Thank you for taking time and making this a literature of hope for me and my wife. We are looking forward to become involved in helping others as well in their endeavors to overcome the traumas of the past.

May God bless your work with veterans and their families of the past, the present and in the future.

Thanks again.

Bjorn "Swede" Dahlin
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