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“There’s combat. Then, there’s the rest of your life. We need survival skills for each battle zone. This is the guide to surviving the war back here. We all need it. A hell of a book. The lucky get it.”
—Max Cleland, former United States Senator from Georgia, former Administrator of the Veterans Administration, decorated wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam War
"I've never met a mental health professional who 'gets it' as well as Colonel Charles Hoge. He's done the research, he's been shoulder-to-shoulder with warriors, and he's woven it together in language that is real and resonant. Once a Warrior—Always a Warrior is a vital handbook for every leader, and it is a survival book for warriors-come-home." —Nate Self, former Army Ranger Captain, author of Two Wars: One Hero's Fight on Two Fronts—Abroad and Within
“John Denver’s lyrics about coming home to a place you’ve never been before sums up this book. A brilliant guide, and very much needed now.” —Gordon R. Roberts, Medal of Honor recipient
“Once a Warrior – Always a Warrior is the answer to the question “Where can I get great advice to help me adjust to returning home?” Charles Hoge shares his experience as a soldier and his wealth of knowledge as a physician and mental health expert with the aim of easing the transition from the battleground to civilian life. The book is fact-filled, authoritative, and immensely practical. It is a must read for returning military personnel, their families and friends, and anyone who provides care to active duty personnel and veterans.” — Murray B. Stein MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry and Family & Preventive Medicine, University of California San Diego; Staff Psychiatrist, VA San Diego Healthcare System; Volunteer Staff Psychiatrist, Naval Medical Center San Diego
“Finally, a respected military leader and mental health professional brings a no-bullshit, common-sense approach to the discussions on combat stress, resilience and warrior adaptations. Colonel Hoge’s integrity and deep commitment to supporting America’s service members are clearly expressed in this book. It is an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to understand and navigate their own adaptations to operational stress and adversity, or those of the people they care about. This is a great resource for warriors of all backgrounds and generations.” —Dan Taslitz, former Reconnaissance Marine, Iraq combat veteran.
Col. Hoge is also a national spokesperson for the Department of Defense (DoD) on war-related mental health issues and traumatic brain injury. He has been interviewed on hundreds of occasions by major news organizations on camera, radio, or in print, including NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, Reuters, AP News, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, and numerous others, including the Diane Rehm Show, the Paula Zahn Show, and the Dr. Oz Show.
He has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, letters, and chapters. His most widely cited articles pertain to the mental health impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to mild traumatic brain injury among U.S. troops returning from Iraq.
He is the recipient of numerous awards in his field, including the U.S. Army Achievement Medal for Psychiatric Research; the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for selection as finalist for Bailey K. Ashford Research Award, Walter Reed Medical Center; the Iraq Campaign Medal, OIF-2, Mental Health Advisory Team Member; the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal for General Officer Mental Health Summit, and, in 2006, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Combat Casualty Care Program Award for Excellence in research to support the mental health of deployed forces.
A great resource for every combat veteran, regardless of how long you've been back. I really appreciated the discussion of the permanent physiological changes to the brain and how... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Semper Comperio
a must-read for anyone supporting a soldier going through PTSD, and for any soldier looking for help for PTSD.Published 2 months ago by abbyale
This should be the first book Veterans read upon returning home, their spouse reads before the Veteran returns home, and any Clinician that is thinking about or already working... Read morePublished 3 months ago by A M Toller
As a Christian counselor and mother of a soldier, I highly recommend that ALL family members read this book to help understand your soldier's feelings. Dr. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. R. Livingston
As a former military spouse and now close friend to a military contractor with one tour in Iraq and now on his second tour to Afghanistan, all of them as a law enforcement advisor. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ana R.
Still reading it, but this book is very helpful in my work with vets.Published 4 months ago by Michael