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Once a Warrior--Always a Warrior: Navigating The Transition From Combat To Home--Including Combat Stress, Ptsd, And Mtbi Paperback – Unabridged, February 23, 2010
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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.
About the Author
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
1. Page 146. There is a specific scale which clearly defines control issues or extended use of controls in a person's life to help stabilize PTSD. These control factors can bring a sense of stability to a person but turn off other people. Because of these control issues, I have people turn against me. That hurts me and probably them-which is why they turned against me.
2. Page 175. Brings home FULLY why people do not get help. Anyone who wants to work with those of us who have these PTSD conditions needs to understand this. Not just read the page-have this page burned in our memory. Xerox this page and carry it in your pocket.
3. Page 275. The V's at the end of the book are the solution to get us somewhat stable from the PTSD mess left in our heads. These V's can build good action plans. These V's should be the foundation of everyone's encounter notes!
This book also teaches all the therapies and treatments out there. The book doesn't really make judgements. This book just lays out the options. The same could be said for navigating the system. Most people do not understand how navigate the system. Most people do not know-they are about to enter a system. They just want help. They are about to get that help by entering a system. Navigating the system is almost never taught or recognized.
If I had enough money I would buy this book and drop it by air drop all across America.
The down side
The author doesn't seem to recognize the importance of the amount of veteran's returning with characteristics of Axis II. Axis II symptoms are in large numbers of current returning veterans. Repeated deployments? I do not know.
I want you-I hate you.
I am here-I am gone.Read more ›
Thank you so much, Colonel Hoge!
Using a format that consists of both didactic, plain-talk instruction and a set of self-help exercises, this book addresses what have been called the "signature injuries" of the Iraq and Afghanistan theater wars, posttraumaric stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), specifically focusing on so-called mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), which usually does not result in dramatic symptoms and impairments like loss of vision, impaired speech, or immobility, but which can produce a wide range of more subtle, yet significantly disabling physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. These include dizziness, sleep loss, fatigue, sensory hypersensitivity, impaired concentration and memory, irritability, impulsivity, and depression. In fact, many of the symptoms of mTBI overlap with those of PTSD, often confounding accurate differential diagnosis and appropriate treatment planning.
Early chapters describe the challenges of transitioning from a red-alert war-zone mentality to the vagaries of civilian work and family life. Subsequent chapters provide practical strategies for dealing with tension and stress, improving sleep, avoiding overuse of alcohol and drugs, modulating anxiety levels, managing anger, dealing with irrational guilt and justifiable grief, and using meditation, mindfulness, and narrative approaches to lower stress.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a good book for understanding what's going on shortly after a deployment or post military seperation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by erik
I have given these books to military vets that have trouble adjusting to civilian lifePublished 5 months ago by deb arena
This book helps makes sense of the relationship between military training and PTSD. It helps identify positive strengths from Service training that can help develop coping skills... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gordon Smith
Bought for my husband. He works with Veterans, and this book has been very helpful.Published 7 months ago by Paula