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Recovering from the War by Patience Mason
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Jun 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: first-read
Read from June 26 to July 07, 2012

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.


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