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Testimonies

Many thanks for sending me your Survival Guide to combat related PTSD. The Guide really opened my eyes and hit me like an express train because it showed me what had been happening and how PTSD had destroyed my life. Once again, many thanks for your work. Hopefully your Guide will open a few people’s eyes to the problems that veterans are facing and for action to be taken to help the ever increasing number of PTSD sufferers. Keep up the good work.

- Bosnia and Gulf War veteran

A magnum opus

- Major General Dr R. Short, Director General British Army Medical Services 1996–1999

The Guide brought me to tears. Now I know.

- Bosnia veteran

I have read the Guide from cover to cover, it’s so accurate and has had a profound effect, and it’s somewhat comforting.

- Gulf War veteran

Only soldiers can talk to soldiers and understand. Thanks, there are a lot of hurt men out there who need help.

- Veteran soldier

My congratulations on the Survival Guide. I think it is quite outstanding, and for my welfare and clinical staff a really helpful insight into many of the things that they encounter as they go about their work. I will commend this work to anyone who shows more than a passing concern in the issues that you raise.

- Commodore Toby Elliott, Chief Executive Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society (Combat Stress)

Many thanks for all you did for the young Para, Jimmy. He said, “It’s as if the guy can see inside my head.” That is what he said to me after he read your Survival Guide. Once again, my sincere thanks.

- A prison ‘listener’, referring to an Iraq war veteran on suicide watch

I read your Guide and it’s taken me days to take it all in. I thought I was on my own. This has opened up another avenue in my mind and given me something. I now know I’m not alone.

- Veteran soldier

A Statement from the Author

A Statement from the Author

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The Veterans’ Survival Guide

Remember the Surviving Soldiers

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects many servicemen and women returning from tours of duty. Unaware that they are suffering from the condition, upon returning to civilian life they may be left undiagnosed and untreated, with potentially devastating consequences.

The Veterans’ Survival Guide has been written to help veterans and their families to understand the causes, symptoms and very real dangers of PTSD. Sharing the experiences of real soldiers who have been affected by the disorder, the Guide is designed to increase awareness of combat-related PTSD, to help sufferers and their families identify the condition, and to encourage veterans to seek the treatment they need and deserve.

A Foreword

A Foreword

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Testimonies

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Chapter List

Chapter List

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About This Book

This Book is for Soldiers all over the WorldMany veterans are paying a hidden and very high price for being well-trained soldiers. They are often unaware that they are carrying psychological injuries from being exposed to life-threatening situations. On their return home, some may find it difficult to fit back into a society at peace.

No one knows exactly how many undiagnosed veterans there might be suffering combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving in wars and conflicts. It is a shameful paradox that people who chose to serve their country are then overlooked by its government. PTSD is costly for both the veterans and their families and for society at large, needlessly destroying relationships with family and friends, making it difficult to hold down jobs, and sometimes causing destructive, violent or depressive behaviour that can result in substance abuse, crime or suicide.

This book has been written by a former soldier who suffers from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder for soldiers all over the World, both serving and discharged in the hope that it will help them understand their situation.

 
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