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About Andy Schouten
Andy Schouten joined the Army in field artillery when he was 17 years old. He became an officer through Marquette University ROTC and then held several field artillery officer assignments. Andy participated in numerous military exercises, was in a tunnel under the Korean Demilitarized Zone, enjoyed a Dunkel Weiss in a beer garden in Germany, fired howitzer cannons, shot rockets, and drove large tracked vehicles. In 2006, Andy deployed to austere and mountainous Afghanistan as a combat advisor, living with and training Afghan Army units. Andy's year in Afghanistan was the most impactful in his entire military career with many experiences, such as eating Afghan foot bread to firing weapons in combat. After his deployment, he focused on military Human Resources for hundreds of personnel and served as the Deputy Inspector General, an objective fact-finder and problem solver. His deployment experience set the stage for him to publish a second edition of his deployment story and after effects. Andy published First to Fire: Afghanistan Combat Advisor Deployment and Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries (second edition) as a Major revision and combination of First to Fire and After Fire. Andy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, a Masters of Business Administration degree, and earned the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Credential.
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This easy-to-read second edition of First to Fire is a significant revision and consolidation of First to Fire: An Embedded Training Team Member Experience in Afghanistan 2006 and After Fire: Posttraumatic Stress Injuries After a Unique Combat Deployment. The storyline and events remain the same but revised by removing most of the military vernacular for ease of reading and adding more details and insights. Andy’s year in Afghanistan was the most impactful in his entire military career filled with many experiences, such as eating Afghan foot bread to firing weapons in combat. After deployment, an invisible and unrecognized injury developed. Andy details his journey through traumatic events and coping mechanisms for PTSD and howPTSD is an injury as opposed to a disease.
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