This compact paperback book is one of the most valuable resource materials for veteran servicemen and women past, present and future;as well as, their families who are dealing with the effects of PTSD. The book is an easy read explanation of what PTSD is and more importantly how to understand how to deal with it. It takes a proactive approach that the combat veteran has to understand that having PTSD is something that can be dealt with effectively and managed.
The impact of PTSD on the individual and society is just now being nationally recognized as a social problem that has far reaching effects on almost every community in this nation. When a nation calls upon its citizens, its most productive citizens in the mid-morning of their lives, it must be willing to care for their needs and about the sacrifices they have made in serving their nation. This work "DOWN RANGE to Iraq and Back" is a good place to begin in helping our servicemen and women to readjust back into civilian life.
This volume helps us to realize that the journey from a peace environment to a war environment can be a tragic phase in the lives of citizen service personell, but it is only half the journey.
Coming back is the other half, the journey from War to Peace. Some affects of war are not visible and PTSD is one of them.
This book is a wealth of resource materials identifing places and organizations that veterans and their families can turn to and utilize in the struggle of dealing with PTSD and that they are not alone. This book should be made a manditory part of any debriefing materials for active services personnel departing any war zone. This book would also be valuable for hundreds of thousands of Vietnam Veterans still trying to cope with the effects of their PTSD symptoms thirty-five and forty years after the stressor sitiuations of combat. I would encourage everyone who reads this work to expose it for what it is..."simply a wonderful and important contribution to helping our servicemen and women survive the emotional effects of combat."