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Wheels Down: Adjusting to Life After Deployment (APA Life Tools) 1st Edition

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Wheels Down is the best self-help book of its kind, easily a stand-alone guide filled with practical and reasoned tips for managing life after deployment. Beyond its no-nonsense flavor, the book also shines by showing how much military psychology has advanced in understanding and shaping the post-deployment lives of service personnel. If you are a clinician seeing returning military women and men, you owe it to yourself to read the book and make it available to them. ----New England Psychologist

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The definitive reference for the defining challenge of our age. If you are a vet, love a vet, or work with vets, then this book is a must-read. If only this book had been available to the veterans coming home from Vietnam. --Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, author of On Killing and On Combat

Moore and Kennedy have provided a practical, hands-on collection of sound advice, tips, techniques, and strategies for returning service personnel and their family members. This engaging book should be must-reading for all returning warriors and those mental health workers who serve them. --Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, Miami, FL

This is the kind of guidance we dreamed of getting when I was a young psychologist attempting to care for war fighters in harm's way. If you work in mental health, read this. If you're a veteran, own this. The SOP for your `new normal' will be sitting in the palm of your hand. --Peter J. N. Linnerooth, PhD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Readjustment Counseling Service; Combat Psychologist, U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom 2006-2008, Capitola, CA

Surviving Fallujah was one thing; fighting the battle within, at home, is quite another. As an Army medic who survived the greatest battle of the Iraq War, I would have put this book in my aid bag for each of my troops to read upon redeployment. Now, as a counselor for the VA, I'll make sure my troops do. --Brock A. McNabb, BS, Readjustment Counseling Specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Combat Medic, U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, OIF II & OIF 06-08, Capitola, CA


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Product Details

  • Series: APA Life Tools
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 1 edition (August 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433808722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433808722
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished "Wheels Down" and wish that I would have read the book sooner. I have been in the military for six years and have been over seas three times now, all I have experienced on my return is "back in the saddle" training. Each time I have come back from deployment everyone spends a day or two receiving classes about how to be good/safe person and we are sent back out into the world. This method doesn't work for everyone and it shows. In my experience, the window I have seen the most Marine's fail in relationships, alcohol related incidents, and financial issues is right after deployment.
"Wheels Down", is well written, direct, and doesn't sugar coat the personal problems that service members face when they return from a deployment. I could tell that the authors of the book were able to tap a resource of personal experience to put these words down on paper, that means a lot. When I get the feeling that an author is blowing smoke, especially when it comes to knowing what it is like to be deployed, the person losses credibility with me. I have already recommended this book to a couple Marines that I work with because they are going through some tough relationship issues. That is another good thing about this book...it is just as useful for someone that has never deployed because there is guidance for everyday problems, as well as deployment specific problems.

Quick summary: Great book, easy to read, very helpful, and is a book worth keeping around as a reference after you are done reading it.
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Wheels Down - OOOO RRAH !! This is what 20 year old Marines need

The naiveté of young people in the military makes them victims of insensitive civilians and family members as well as victims of their own ignorance.

Carrie Kennedy's noble effort has created a guide that all military should read and/or take a course

They deserve better than to come back from WAR and have their lives in disarray.

Semper Fidelis Dr Kennedy

P T Brent Marine from Japan
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Today’s front page WSJ article: War Veterans Try Yoga, Hiking, Horseback Riding to Treat PTSD…Pressure Builds on Department of Veterans Affairs to Expand Range of Treatments Beyond Drugs and Talk Therapy is a timely reminder to carefully read, Wheels Down Adjusting to Life After Deployment.
There several reasons to read and apply the advice in this brief tome: First if you are a vet and work with vets unlike much of the “spa therapy” being offered to servicemen and women with post traumatic stress, the language used in this book is clear and straightforward; Secondly the authors of Wheels Down are both former active duty officers that used their Ph.D. education in the real world of combat and dealing directly with veterans Thirdly the advice offered by the authors is both refreshingly positive and very practical.
Whether returning servicemen and women have Post Traumatic Stress or not, they all face numerous practical issues in their post deployment. While these issues may range from family to financial, the authors direct the reader in a wise manner and offer tips for further support.
As a father of three children and a grandfather to twelve grandchildren I found chapter 6… My Child Has Changed to be spot on counsel. The fact the six of my grandchildren are women, I read with particular interest Chapter 7 Is deployment Different for Women. Perhaps some of my granddaughter will be fortunate enough to volunteer for the military and, in that case, I am better prepared to understand the issues they may face.
In my opinion, the best part of Wheels Down is the final Chapter: Is It Possible That I’ve Changed for the Better Because of Combat? Here the authors close with the same positive insights in which they began their story.
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Service members and veterans will want to read this book. It is written by us, for us. You can tell by the authors' use of wicked, dry humor, at just the right times in the short and to-the-point chapters. Humor is one of the best ways we get through life in the military.
Every chapter in this book contains at least one real account of a service-member facing challenges. Reading the accounts, you realize how normal your experiences are, and how many other people face them. The authors, a couple of military psychologists, have obviously heard it all, and they don't shy away from any subject, no matter how difficult.
One of the best chapters is the one on women's issues. It opens with a brief history of service women's roles throughout history. Besides having a lot of information I didn't know before, the history provides great context for the rest of the chapter - a look at what it's like to be a woman in today's military and how that affects the way women experience and deal with stress.
FINALLY someone acknowledges that military service and deployment changes EVERYONE, no matter how much or little combat occurs. Then they sort out which reactions are normal and which mean that you need help. They explain when and why someone should get help, and they show that help comes in many forms - that a trip to medical or to "shrinks" may not even be necessary.
The days are over when getting help for mental health means losing a military career. The book illustrates that point well, and even shows how NOT getting help early is what may actually hurt a career. And the book shows what actually happens in counseling, which is really not that different from any other mentoring relationship. Only the subject is different. Instead of talking about your career or school, you talk about how to feel better. After they read this book, I think a lot of service-members will go get the help they deserve.
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