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Testimonies

Thanks for the Guide, I think it’s great and the first time I read it I thought you had wrote about my life, I could see so much of me in it.

- Northern Ireland veteran

Jimmy Johnson is to be thanked and congratulated for producing such an admirably clear guide, not only on what PTSD means to a sufferer, but on what remedial action could and should be taken by those who are in a position to help veterans.

- General the Lord Ramsbotham GCB CBE formerly HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales

Thanks and it’s a good thing you are doing – the Guide explained things to me the psychiatrists failed to do, it made sense.

- Gulf War veteran

Thank you so much for the Guide. I’ve read it about five times – it’s dead on. If I had known about it before my court case, I wouldn’t be here now.

- Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Falklands veteran

Thank you for your Guide. I found it very accurate. I was adamant that I had escaped the conflicts unharmed but after reading your Guide I now know I was far from the truth. Again, thank you.

- Northern Ireland and Falklands veteran

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

- Veteran soldier

When I read the Guide I started to cry, I could relate to it so much it was unreal. If I had been given this Guide on leaving the Army it would have helped me a lot and also helped my family spot the change in me.

- Afghanistan veteran

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

A Statement from the Author

A Statement from the Author

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An Excerpt of the Book

An Excerpt of the Book

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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

Testimonies

Praise for The Veterans' Survival Guide

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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