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Moving A Nation to Care: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and America's Returning Troops Paperback – May 1, 2007
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Her work with ePluribus Media has resulted in the PTSD Timeline -- a database of reported OEF/OIF PTSD incidents -- as well as the 3-part series Blaming the Veteran: The Politics of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and book reviews The Corroding Effect (of Penny Coleman's Flashback) and The Stories They Tell: Iraq War Vets Bear Witness (of Trish Wood's What Was Asked of Us).
The PTSD Timeline, Ilona's main contribution to the study of the after effects of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sprung from information she began collecting in September 2005. Within months, ePluribus Media had offered to fact-check and house the data to make it easily available for further research, reporting, and study.
Ilona's work has received the attention of FOX News, USAToday, Playboy magazine, the New Yorker, the St. Petersburg Times, the Greensboro News-Record, The Raw Story, Veterans for America, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and others.
Top Customer Reviews
I am a strong supporter of our military and understand PTSD and it's affects all too well. I have lost two Soldiers to suicide upon return from Iraq. If I weren't already in the mix I am not so sure this book would "move" me to care, I was hopeful by the title and reviews that it would inspire others to do just that "care" more and get involved. At some points I felt like I was reading anti-war, anti-American rhetoric and not about PTSD. The bias in the media and our own politicians wanting this war to be failure has hurt our Troops more than anything. I do agree Rumsfeld was an idiot and screw up in her political expressions.
I found no inspiration in this book, other than to agree the DOD needs to start tracking suicides of our Veterans post deployment, some are hard to call like high speed car accidents late at night, intentional or accident? I do agree more of us need to put pressure on the VA and politicians to force the VA to function properly now and not later, but again nothing in this writing stirred any fire from within. Maybe if PTSD and war is new to you it might, I can only hope.
Enough already w/understanding and research of PTSD, we have enough information and it's time to start progressive, productive treatment and support.Read more ›
Many of us 'Nam Vets and those from that time have been helping our brothers who suffer from and trying to get more of the populations involved, for PTSD knows no borders.
Ilona has written a must have referance book for this generations Military personal, with fighting going in two theaters and multiple tours, and for the Public as well.
War brings on extreme trauma, not only for Military Personal but the Innocents as well. It changes ones being and inner soul, completely reversing what was taught from young age, It Changes Ones Being and Mind!
This generation must come together in better understanding to hopefully save the next generations!
In early May of this year I gave two copies of Ilona Meagher's book to the top Sergeants of two locally-based military units which had recently returned from Iraq. I hoped that they would read the book, but knew they might not. Each of them read it. Their wives read it. It took them weeks to get through it. The material was helpful, the resources excellent, and the information relevent to their own problems and the problems the members of their unit were having. One wife was afaid that her marraige was skidding out of control. The book opened the door to conversations with her husband she never believed possible.
When I talked with one of those Sergeants and offered to get more copies for his unit if he wanted them, he lept at the chance. Through our local Elks Lodge we are furnishing 20 copies of the book to his unit.
Is this book any good? Ask a soldier who has read it. "Yep. It sure is."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is a terrible repetiviness in this book. Every story in this book talks about end with a Veteran commiting suicide. Read morePublished 10 months ago by frankwolftown
Thanks so much to the soldiers & their families who took the time to share their heart wrenching accounts of their combat experiences that lead to their battles with PTSD. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Flipp'n Pages
this book is excellent, im only a few pages in an am loving every bit of it. everyone should read this to know just how important a civilians and the nations part is in war and... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by KWassmann
Ilona Meagher has captured the essence of the growing epidemic related to PTSD symptoms and its victims and provides insights concerning future policy changes directed towards... Read morePublished on October 17, 2009 by Jeremy S. Garland
PTSD: Pathways Through the Secret Door A must read. Although it is a bit analytical at times. I found that it expanded my references greatlyPublished on November 6, 2007 by T. Kendrick