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Tears of a Warrior: A Family's Story of Combat and Living with PTSD Paperback – January 15, 2010

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Janet Seahorn: She has been a teacher, administrator, and consultant for thirty years. She currently teaches several classes on neuroscience and literacy as an adjunct professor for Regis University in Denver and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Jan has a Ph.D in Human Development and Organizational Systems. Her background includes an indepth understanding of human development and neuroscience research as well as effective practices in organizational systems and change. She conducts numerous workshops on the neuroscience of learning and memory, the effects of at-risk environments (i.e., poverty) and brain development, and researched-based instructional practices. Jan has worked with many organizations in the business and educational communities in creating and sustaining healthy, dynamic environments. --Janet J. Seahorn, Ph.D

This book is a godsend for PTSD sufferers. Written in a clear and readable style, it combines solid research and personal stories to provide an accurate description of the disorder and practical advice on what to do and when and where to seek help. I highly recommend this book to anyone impacted or desiring more knowledge of PTSD. Pat Wolfe, Ed.D. International consultant and author on brain research and learning. --Pat Wolfe, Ed.D

This book is a godsend for PTSD sufferers. Written in a clear and readable style, it combines solid research and personal stories to provide an accurate description of the disorder and practical advice on what to do and when and where to seek help. I highly recommend this book to anyone impacted or desiring more knowledge of PTSD. Pat Wolfe, Ed.D. International consultant and author on brain research and learning. --Pat Wolfe, Ed.D

About the Author

Tony Seahorn: Following his tour of duty in Vietnam and subsequent physical therapy and recovery from combat wounds, Tony was informed by the Army that permanent nerve damage to his arm and shoulder would not allow him to pursue his dreams as a career aviator. After discharge from the service, Tony made a career in management with AT&T where he was able to complete his college education and went on to get an MBA. Recently retired; he and his wife Janet started their own Education Consulting and Outdoor Adventure business. Their travels take them far and wide. Following encouragement from family & friends, his most honored medals from combat are now displayed in a shadow box in their home. Some of which include two (2) Bronze Stars for heroism, two (2) Purple Hearts, Air Medal, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross, and Presidential Unit Citation. When not traveling and writing, Tony spends much of his time training two overly enthusiastic black lab retrievers, Chase & Hunter Bailey. They love to bird hunt, fly fish, and help guide the raft down-river.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Team Pursuits; 2nd Updated & expanded edition (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615213170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615213170
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. J. Macdonald on December 14, 2009
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After completing an in-patient PTSD treatment program at the Tomah Wisconsin VA Hospital in 1995, I have made a study of the subject. I can honestly say that Tears of A Warrior doesn't miss a single aspect of Post Traumatic Stress. I wish I had had this book for my wife and family (I am second eldest of eleven) long ago to help them better understand me. There is nothing simple about this very complicated condition and yet Janet makes it easy to understand. This book is a complete guide and anyone who reads it will quickly identify themselves or their vet in the material presented. While not all of it will pertain to every individual, the context for coping is the same. Finally a book with answers! It is a must read for anyone confused about the behavior of someone with PTSD.
Mike MacDonald
Co C 2/28th Inf Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Vietnam '68-'69
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Extremly well written and helpful.
The self-described war -time experiences of the authors husband put one in the proper frame of mind to absorb the vast amount of info on the subject of PTSD that is unobtainable elsewhere, even with the Veterans Administration and Veterans groups.
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Please I beg all my fellow comrades that have seen combat from Viet Nam to present (male and female) that have been in combat that has return from any WAR or police action, please consider reading this book. It has little or no cost to you and it is easy read. It will explain things YOU need to know.

You think your alright and it didn't affect you stop lying to yourself you know who I am talking to yes you .

It is full of information that can save your life, your marriage, and give you understanding of what going on inside your head. Yes it's ok to have anger and get mad cause no one knows what's haunting your mind like another vet that has been there. It will help resolve things going on you can't explain. Even in everyday things you do, also with your family. It will help remove stress you didn't know you had. Also its alright fellow warrior to cry and let all this out. I know I did begging God please take this from me.

What we've SEEN is so horrible it can't be explained your wounded or dead buddy's, OMG what we've DONE in combat, yes you help kids, feed them but you had also kill a few to save your buddy's lives. What had HAPPEN to us is horrible and it should not stay in our minds, dreams, or are everyday life. Please get help, seek another VET to talk to (VETS HELPING VETS). Go to a VA or find a Vet organization talk to someone that has walk in your boots and step in the blood of the dead.

To spouses of returning warriors you to need to read this to, so you can have a small understanding what happening inside your hero head. Also don't give up on him or her there is hope and there are answer to all that's going on. Also make sure to tell your hero there is hope give him or her that hope always.
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I have been able to understand why my husband has reacted the way he has to many things after reading their story. Once you live with a vet you begin to believe their behavior must be normal, then you understand its really not. It has helped us talk about the things he does and the way he feels.
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"The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten", said President Calvin Coolidge, and with a potential 40,000 cases of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome diagnosed since 2003, PTSD is an issue that will be concerning both returning veterans and their families for years to come.

Husband-and-wife team Tony and Joyce Seahorn's book "Tears of a Warrior" addresses PTSD from the unique viewpoint of a warrior, Tony, whose Vietnam-induced PTSD affected his family, with that of his Ph.D wife Janet, who learned about PTSD when dealing with Tony.

The first part of the book is Tony's story; that of an Army veteran with multiple awards for heroism. Well written and interesting, he details the combat experience that sent him home wounded. Then Joyce takes over, with a brief history of PTSD, explanations of how PTSD affects others, and suggestions on dealing with veterans who may have PTSD. While not scientific, her ideas are borne of someone who has lived the experience and understands the need to have others understand what PTSD is about, and how to help their loved ones. "Tears of a Warrior" is interesting reading for anyone who needs an introduction to the growing world of the PTSD-affected veteran.
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The story has helped me understand my feelings better. I was able to relate to his feelings and experiences. I feel one who has experienced PTSD should acquire this book. PTSD is not limited only to military personnel, there is something here everyone. Even if you know someone with PTSD, this book might provide you with new insights in their condition. The book includes his experiences in combat. Though that might be your experience, there is still material that I found to be of great benefit to me.
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This is a good starter book mainly for family members to understand what might be going on with a veteran suffering from PTSD. The story is different for all veterans so you take what you can from such books. Every combat veteran could write his own book for therapy.
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