The mental and emotional wounds of going to war, engaging in multiple deployments, and struggling with separation from family and friends are often unseen. But that doesn’t mean they are any less injurious to our brave and steadfast warriors. Charles W. Hoge, M.D., has written a book titled Once a Warrior Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home, including Combat Stress, PTSD, and mTBI. This book is designed to explain the causes of battlefield reactions like PTSD and the effects they have on soldiers, veterans, and family members.
Dr. Hoge’s work is a practical and useful reference guide that is sensibly written in layman’s terms to ensure that its critical message is comprehended by every soldier, spouse, and family member. It is purposely designed for troops and their families to easily locate pertinent information about PTSD, a condition that has become a signature military injury over the past nine years, and understand the relevant content.
Dr. Hoge wrote this book so that he could reach out and help as many warriors as possible. And he is well qualified to do so. Dr. Hoge has extensive medical experience and 20 years of active duty Army service, including time in Iraq. In Once a Warrior Always a Warrior, Dr. Hoge explains the impact of combat stress and its related mental and emotional wounds. He discusses the effects of multiple deployments, the stressful pace of the battlefield, and the adjustments that are necessary to fight a war that has no clearly defined front lines. He goes on to clarify that PTSD is actually a soldier’s way of coping with his or her impulse to survive and function under stressful conditions.
Dr. Hoge continues by making clear that PTSD symptoms are, in reality, normal reactions to the abnormal situations soldiers confront in demanding battlefield settings. After soldiers have experienced significant levels of anger, adrenaline rushes, and life-saving/defensive actions, it is challenging for them to readjust to the non-threatening living conditions that await them back home. In addition, Dr. Hoge helps veterans negotiate through the medical care services that are set up for them locally and through the Veterans Administration.
Dr. Hoge has written an important book that will help warriors and veterans understand PTSD more clearly and cope with its signs and symptoms more effectively. Hidden battlefield wounds require understanding and long-term support. And that is exactly what Dr. Hoge is offering . . . no-nonsense wisdom that is based on experience and commitment. Dr. Hoge is extending a helping hand to guide troops through the healing process as they transition from combat to home.
Thank you, Dr. Hoge, for your commitment to our military. We hope that our deployed and returning soldiers will find comfort and recovery in the pages of your book. Telemental health counseling, via state-of-the-art video technology, can also help our troops ease their way into civilian life. They can get the counseling help they need through this safe, private, and convenient approach to therapy.