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For the thousands of families facing the difficult legacy of the Vietnam War, or any war including the current ones, this definitive, practical guide was written with a compassion born of experience by the wife of a vet. Recovering from the War is a systematic investigation of the costs of war for veterans and their families, including information on how to recover from com For the thousands of families facing the difficult legacy of the Vietnam War, or any war including the current ones, this definitive, practical guide was written with a compassion born of experience by the wife of a vet. Recovering from the War is a systematic investigation of the costs of war for veterans and their families, including information on how to recover from combat trauma. The examples are from Vietnam, but the experience is universal, so the book is helpful to active duty service members. Part One, Vietnam: What it was, consists of a series of chapters containing interviews with Vietnam veterans: Who Went, In the Rear, In the Pipeline and Forward Bases, Going Forth: Aviation and Mechanized Combat, In the Field, and Back in the World. Each chapter covers one type of Vietnam experience, followed by questions to help the reader understand what veterans go through. The details are from Vietnam but the experiences are universal, applicable to any war where the enemy can't be easily identified and anyone can kill you.  Part Two, The Aftereffects, begins with "What's So Different About Vietnam", a guerilla war with no front line and no way to identify the enemy, conditions which apply to Iraq and Afghanistan. The next chapter, "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,"  contains a clear discussion of the symptoms of PTSD along with suggestions for beginning to get help. "Our Problems" finishes the section and discusses how PTSD impacts the family.  Part Three, Help Yourself has three chapters, First Aid, Listening, and Changing. These are designed to put your feet on the path that will lead to your recovery, whether you are a family member, friend or veteran. They contain a lot of personal experiences. There is a list of sources, suggested further reading, other sources of help, guidelines for a 12 step group for families of veterans and an index.


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For the thousands of families facing the difficult legacy of the Vietnam War, or any war including the current ones, this definitive, practical guide was written with a compassion born of experience by the wife of a vet. Recovering from the War is a systematic investigation of the costs of war for veterans and their families, including information on how to recover from com For the thousands of families facing the difficult legacy of the Vietnam War, or any war including the current ones, this definitive, practical guide was written with a compassion born of experience by the wife of a vet. Recovering from the War is a systematic investigation of the costs of war for veterans and their families, including information on how to recover from combat trauma. The examples are from Vietnam, but the experience is universal, so the book is helpful to active duty service members. Part One, Vietnam: What it was, consists of a series of chapters containing interviews with Vietnam veterans: Who Went, In the Rear, In the Pipeline and Forward Bases, Going Forth: Aviation and Mechanized Combat, In the Field, and Back in the World. Each chapter covers one type of Vietnam experience, followed by questions to help the reader understand what veterans go through. The details are from Vietnam but the experiences are universal, applicable to any war where the enemy can't be easily identified and anyone can kill you.  Part Two, The Aftereffects, begins with "What's So Different About Vietnam", a guerilla war with no front line and no way to identify the enemy, conditions which apply to Iraq and Afghanistan. The next chapter, "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,"  contains a clear discussion of the symptoms of PTSD along with suggestions for beginning to get help. "Our Problems" finishes the section and discusses how PTSD impacts the family.  Part Three, Help Yourself has three chapters, First Aid, Listening, and Changing. These are designed to put your feet on the path that will lead to your recovery, whether you are a family member, friend or veteran. They contain a lot of personal experiences. There is a list of sources, suggested further reading, other sources of help, guidelines for a 12 step group for families of veterans and an index.

42 review for Recovering from the War: A Guide for All Veterans, Family Members, Friends and Therapists

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I won Recovering from the War: A Guide for All Veterans, Family Members, Friends and Therapists as a First Read. This is a very interesting information dense book. It's not an easy to read book due to the subject but it's full of information. I ended up going back and forth in the book which made it easier to read. This is a book written by the wife of a Vietnam Veteran based on her experiences and research and discussion with others. The book is broken down in two basic parts. The first section I won Recovering from the War: A Guide for All Veterans, Family Members, Friends and Therapists as a First Read. This is a very interesting information dense book. It's not an easy to read book due to the subject but it's full of information. I ended up going back and forth in the book which made it easier to read. This is a book written by the wife of a Vietnam Veteran based on her experiences and research and discussion with others. The book is broken down in two basic parts. The first section, discussion of The Vietnam Veteran and his combat experiences based on what the Veteran's role in the war was. This part can be hard to read but is very helpful to start to understand what was involved in the war and breaks down what it was like to be in the rear, going to a forward base, helicopters and brown water Navy. It also breaks down the diagnosis of PTSD from it's clinical meaning to what it would look like to a family member. Plus gives a brief historical view of what it was called in the Civil War, WWI and WWII. The second part of the book, looks at treatment for both the Veteran and the wife/family member. It talks about how the VA treated the Vietnam Veterans and discusses service connection from the view of the Vietnam Veteran. It looks at different ways someone can get treatment. It gives a lot of good advice to family members of how to react and how important treatment is for them while they are helping their Veteran. It's written in a way that most people can pick it up and understand the information given. My only negative thought was for a family member of recent Veteran may get a bit disheartened by some of the information and not realize that a Veteran in 1970 faced some challenges that a Veteran in 2012 won't face but some of the advice for family and spouses (remember female Veterans who faced combat conditions are on the rise) actually remains the same and may help new Veterans' families remain strong and intact. I see the author is working on a book for newer Veterans, which is good. I hope she also considers a book for Veterans (male and female) who are dealing with Military sexual trauma.

  2. 4 out of 5

    F.

    I'm required by the terms and conditions of the giveaway to state that I recieved this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. This is a good book that will be valuable for any veterans, their friends and family, or anyone dealing with veterans on a regular basis if you're willing to read through it and really think about it. I think that many people read things without taking the time to truly digest the information and I myself am guilty of that at times. Not a book for light reading but mor I'm required by the terms and conditions of the giveaway to state that I recieved this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. This is a good book that will be valuable for any veterans, their friends and family, or anyone dealing with veterans on a regular basis if you're willing to read through it and really think about it. I think that many people read things without taking the time to truly digest the information and I myself am guilty of that at times. Not a book for light reading but more a book for someone truly dealing with this situation. The writer is the wife of a Vietnam Vet so she writes from personal experience regarding much of this and thankfully, most of the issues that veterans deal with are timeless so this will help Iraq and Afghanistan vets just as much.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joann(san diego shutterbug)

    great book.fast shipment. i received this book as part of goodreads first reads giveaway. Gets down to the nitty gritty of what ptsd is, how it affects families, and what the veteran faced. would definatly recommend this book

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is probably the best book for spouses and loved ones of veterans to help better understand their experience during the war.

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