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Once a Warrior: Wired for Life by [Cantrell Ph.D, Bridget C., Dean, Chuck]
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"Once a Warrior: Wired for Life" is a must read for any soldier returning from combat, especially Iraq and Afghanistan. As a Military Chaplain I have used this book extensively making it available to both returning service men and women and their spouses. --Book Review by Chaplain David J. Fair, Ph.D.

I wish I had read this book decades ago so I could have better prepared myself for civilian work and home life. It is a constant struggle dealing with the civies who do not relate to the morals, humor and mindset of the tight, warrior culture. Rather than ask the outside world to understand, the book explains how the former soldier can recognize what they are feeling is normal and how to fit back into civilian life. My most valuable take away from Dr. Cantrell and Chuck Dean's book was how to re-write a military resume to match a civilian job. It made so much common sense and explained many lost opportunities. Whether peacetime or active duty, "Once a Warrior: Wired for Life" is a valuable tool for people who are leaving the military. --(Sgt.) Doug Setter, BSc.

About the Author

The authors of best-selling, Down Range: To Iraq and Back , Dr. Bridget Cantrell and Vietnam Veteran Chuck Dean, have teamed up once again to take you on the next step in the process of coming home when your tour of duty is over. Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph.D. writes and travels extensively around the globe teaching and conducting workshops for our current military personnel and their families. She focuses on pre and post deployment issues, Combat Operational Stress (COS), and all transitional challenges that our Armed Forces are continually confronted with. Her workshops have been given in both the European and Pacific duty assignments, and her timely books are utilized throughout all branches of the service and veterans organizations. Dr. Cantrell is the President/CEO of Hearts Toward Home International, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the recovery and reintegration of trauma survivors. Her home base is in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • File Size: 278 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wordsmith Books (May 11, 2008)
  • Publication Date: May 11, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0019BPBR6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Tracy Della Vecchia on October 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book last night and read it in full, in one sitting, cover to cover. I knew it would be a quality book and hoped it would give me additional insight for families that call the office with questions and concerns about their sons and daughters returning from combat and transitioning out of the Marine Corps.

The book was beyond my expectations. I finally "get it". I finally understand that our sons and daughters will all have a tough time returning to civilian life--they don't have to have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or COS (Combat Operational Stress) to have concerns about returning home and adjusting back to a civilian lifestyle. And I understand why now. That knowledge and understanding will help me help other families, and most importantly, help me to help my son.

The authors, Dr. Bridget Cantrell and Chuck Dean, (also of the critically acclaimed book on PTSD, Downrange to Iraq), have once again written a self-help guide that will assist the families of Warriors understand "why" the civilian world is tough for anyone who has been in combat (downrange). The book will guide the Warrior through different scenarious, validate the feelings and emotions and difficulties they face at homecoming, and provide them with practical, useful suggestions for living life as a civilian. The authors take this one step further by encouraging our Warriors to make good use of their military skills outside the military--yes, even infantrymen have skills and qualities that will be useful in civilian professions.
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As a psychiatric nurse and an expert in combat PTSD, I can recommend this book without hesitation. I didn't think I could learn that much anymore, but my copy is thoroughly marked up, underlined, and highlighted.
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Once a Warrior: Wired for Life, is a must read for any soldier returning from combat, especially Iraq and Afghanistan . As a Military Chaplain I have used this book extensively making it available to both returning service men and women and their spouses. Bridget Cantrell and Chuck Dean have written a helpful book as a follow-up to their Down Range, Iraq and Back. The book is an easy read and is a must for chaplains, ministers, family members and friends of returning service members. It can literally be a life saver. Chaplain David J. Fair, PhD, Military Forces of Texas, TXSG ChaplainOnce a Warrior: Wired For Life
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My life partner spent 2 tours in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Unfortunately our country did not treat any of those soldiers for PTSD at that time. So for 25 years or more my friend has had to deal with his PTSD on his own and as you can imagine; he did not deal very well. He is now in the VA system and receiving 100% disability for what he had to go through. He attends counseling sessions regularly that are provided by the VA and this book was recommended for both of us to read by his counselor. We both find this a very helpful tool to aid in his rehabilitation and for me to understand him better.
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Both of these books are very well written. It is direct and to the point; a must for vets. The authors did an excellent job of explaining how a soldier's military duties translates to civilian life. Everything became crystal clear for me, even things I thought I understood. I gave my copies to a recently retired vet and I plan on purchasing additional copies for myself and my cousin, who is currently deployed.
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I found this to be a great book that my senior leadership recommended me to read. I will retire after my third combat tour and I will continue to pass this along to my soldiers. I was wounded during a combat tour and this book has helped me plan for my retirement.
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I was pretty skeptical when I began reading (was this just another "lets over analize and stereotype all veterans" kind of book) but as time went on, I began to identify with the book and what the authors were talking about. Much was learned from our Vietnam Veterans, unfortunately, many of them were not given the correct, prompt, or specialized assistance when they needed it most - when they came home. The authors share those lessons with today's Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at a very opportune time - when they are coming home! This book definitely provides some good insight to what combat veterans, or any veteran for that matter, deal with in trying to make the transition from military to civilian life. As I read through the chapters, I found myself applying the book more and more to how I felt or my thought process as a Soldier, or to someone I knew and the hard times they were going through. I would definitely share this book, and it's lessons, with anyone making the transition - whether they think they are struggling or not. It's an easy read, but one that I know I will make a few times. Definitely recommend this for any veteran, from any era, as well as those currently serving.
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