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A PROFILE IN COURAGE
on March 17, 2013
Mark Donald--recipient of the Navy Cross--has written one of the most inspiring memoirs I have ever read. The author begins by describing his upbringing in a dysfunctional home in a rough Albuquerque neighborhood. He attributes any successes in life to his strong, insightful, and loving Catholic mother. She was his rock.
The book traces Donald's military career first as a Recon Marine, then Navy SEAL, and later as a combat medic. In mid-career he is selected to attend the Navy's grueling year-long physician assistant program. Upon graduation he receives a commission as a Navy medical officer. He soon finds himself on the battlefields of Iraq and northern Afghanistan as a SEAL "shooter" and as a medic, a conundrum he must resolve. The battle scenes are vivid and detailed.
The main theme of Donald's memoir is how he finally takes charge of the demons from his PTSD. Even as he comforts others, Donald shows signs of strain that overwhelm him upon his return from multiple tours of combat and threaten to destroy him and his family.
Mark Donald has written a book of personal courage and sacrifice that will tug at your heart. "Battle Ready" is very well written--it reads like a novel.
Thank you Mark Donald; you have written a book stemming from the heart that everyone should read, particularly veterans.