Much has been written of the short-term experience of combat trauma. Almost nothing has been documented about how that trauma impacts individuals years after their first conflict experiences and into later life. Here, Johnson relates the stories of fifteen of his combat brothers to share with the world what their terror of four decades ago has done to them and how it affects them to this day. With candor and vivid detail, they reveal how their combat trauma symptoms still infect their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors on a daily basis. Those returning from battle now and their family and friends will find here a roadmap of what to expect from those suffering from PTSD as a result of combat. With this knowledge, today's veterans and those who love and care for them can tackle the issues and challenges so that symptoms may be minimized and addressed. Those who still carry these wounds will find that they are not alone, and that there are ways of dealing with the horror, no matter how long ago it may have been. Johnson concludes the book with resources for obtaining help and mending the spirit in the face of what can be debilitating thoughts and fears.
1 1. Then and Now 2 2. We Sixteen - Who We Are 3 I. GOING TO THE HELL OF COMBAT 4 3. Our Trauma 5 4. Broken Bodies, Minds and Brotherhood 6 II. HOME (BITTER) SWEET HOME 7 5. On The Home Front 8 6. Ignored by the Government, Society and the Public 9 III. LIVING WITH OUR TRAUMA - SYMPTOMS 10 7. Sleep Problems and Nightmares 11 8. Flashbacks 12 9. Triggers 13 10. Withdrawal, Numbness and Depression 14 11. Fear and Anger 15 12. Hyper Vigilance, Startle and Concentration 16 13. Guilt, Trust, Denial 17 14. Memories and Re-experiencing Combat Trauma 18 15. Work and Career 19 16. Family, Faith and Morality 20 17. Physical Problems and Combat Trauma 21 18. Wannabees, Liars and Pretenders 22 IV. HOPE AND HELP - Care and Treatment 23 19. Re-establishment of the Brotherhood 24 20. Treating Ourselves 25 21. The Veterans Administration 26 22. Veterans Helping Veterans 27 23. Then and Now - Again 28 24. In Memoriam - Mitch Perdue