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Wheels Down: Adjusting to Life After Deployment (APA Life Tools) (LifeTools: Books for the General Public) Paperback – August 15, 2010
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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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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. In an environment where almost all diagnoses are of PTSD, the authors not only define Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) but explain… “for quite some time, experts ha been aware that some individuals actually become emotionally and socially healthier after exposure to trauma.
May these authors continue to contribute to the concepts of psychological resiliency and help veterans bounce back from adversity.
Gambling addiction is also one of the numerous and real problems troops and veterans have to cope with and nobody has ever writen about that addiction in the military as far as my knowledge. It is not the only topic that is treated in this exhaustive book.
Much better than nothing, but not as good as I hoped.
"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.