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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.
Great book!!! Helps me see that I am a bit more normal than I thought.Published 5 days ago by jeffmckasson
As a veteran this book hits the nail on the spot of what things are like in the minds of retuning vets of Iraq and Afghanistan and the complex matters that make war and the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Don
You should separate PTSD into its component parts if you are to understand it. The term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has several components. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Get Serious
This is a good, clinical book about PTSD told from the perspective of a military doctor who certainly has seen not only his fair share of combat, but also those suffering the after... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SLB
What a powerful book! This book has all the information that you could need for PTSD and ways to handle it. Very well written and so much information.Published 1 month ago by C. Boyce
Excellent book both for the practicing clinician and those suffering from PTSD whether it be combat related or due to other causes.Published 2 months ago by Mark Heintzelman
I HIGHLY recommend this book! This book has helped many people who have PTSD. Veterans have recommended it to me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beth Rogers
In the Civil War, it was "soldier's heart". In WW I, it was "shell shock". In WW II, it was "battle fatigue". Now it is PTSD. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Harss