The essential handbook for anyone who has ever returned from a war zone, and their spouse, partner, or family members.
Being back home can be as difficult, if not more so, than the time spent serving in a combat zone. It's with this truth that Colonel Charles W. Hoge, MD, a leading advocate for eliminating the stigma of mental health care, presents Once a Warrior--Always a Warrior, a groundbreaking resource with essential new insights for anyone who has ever returned home from a war zone.
In clear practical language, Dr. Hoge explores the latest knowledge in combat stress, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury), other physiological reactions to war, and their treatment options. Recognizing that warriors and family members both change during deployment, he helps them better understand each other's experience, especially living with enduring survival skills from the combat environment that are often viewed as "symptoms" back home. The heart of this book focuses on what's necessary to successfully navigate the transition--"LANDNAV" for the home front.
Once a Warrior--Always a Warrior shows how a warrior's knowledge and skills are vital for living at peace in an insane world.
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"Returning veterans who are affected by PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), combat stress, and other war-related reactions will find both compassion and the resources needed to understand and get needed help for these troubling, and often disabling, conditions." - ForeWord Magazine
"There's combat. Then, there's the rest of your life. We need survival skills for each battle zone. This is the guide to surviving the war back here. We all need it. A hell of a book. The lucky get it."
-Max Cleland, former United States Senator from Georgia, former Administrator of the Veterans Administration, decorated wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam War
"I've never met a mental health professional who 'gets it' as well as Colonel Charles Hoge. He's done the research, he's been shoulder-to-shoulder with warriors, and he's woven it together in language that is real and resonant. Once a Warrior-Always a Warrior is a vital handbook for every leader, and it is a survival book for warriors-come-home." -Nate Self, former Army Ranger Captain, author of Two Wars: One Hero's Fight on Two Fronts-Abroad and Within
"John Denver's lyrics about coming home to a place you've never been before sums up this book. A brilliant guide, and very much needed now." -Gordon R. Roberts, Medal of Honor recipient
"Of all the victimizing crap out there regarding what real warriors experience in battle, Dr. Hoge's deeply researched work stands a breed apart from anything in this genre. He has simply written the best, most comprehensive study of not only what those at the tip of spear have endured, but what they can expect to go through as they confront the realities of combat. Just as every warrior should drink water and clean their rifle in battle, every returning veteran should pack this book as they continue their journey home." -Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, author of "House to House: An Epic Memoir of War"
"Once a Warrior-Always a Warrior provides a uniquely valuable addition to the subject of Post Traumatic Stress in the military population because it comes from a Soldier and a mental health professional who has years of real world, hands-on experience helping our warriors deal with these issues. Dr. Hoge possesses the rare gift of being able to translate the science from published research into the language of the warrior. As valuable as this book is for warriors coping with experiences that in many instances are normal responses to abnormal circumstances, it should also be required reading for mental health professionals to whom our warriors turn for assistance. It will help them strike the right chord with those they serve, even if they have not walked in their boots. Finally, it's a book for the warrior's family. It will help them to understand, participate in, and facilitate the warrior's journey, and realize that it can be a journey of growth." -James B. Peake, M.D., Former Secretary of Veteran Affairs (2007-2009), 40th Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, decorated combat veteran