Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-0435-5 • Paperback • May 2012 • $32.00 • (£25.00)
978-1-4422-0436-2 • eBook • September 2010 • $30.00 • (£21.99)
James D. Johnson is a retired Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) and was a counselor/therapist in Fayetteville, NC for over fifteen years. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff college and completed four units of specialized training in Clinical Pastoral Education. He spent a year in Vietnam as an infantry battalion chaplain in the Mekong Delta. He was awarded several Bronze Stars (two with valor), the Air Medal, and nine other American and Vietnamese awards. He also was awarded five Meritorious Service medals and two Army Commendation medals. He is author of Combat Chaplain: A Thirty-Year Vietnam Battle. He has written or been written about in many publication including Vet Extra, Vietnam Magazine, Front Porch, the Fayetteville Observer and others.
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
James Johnson's Combat Trauma offers a searing account of the impacts of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as told from the perspective of sixteen combat veterans who have suffered, endured, and gained valuable insight from their experiences. Anyone seeking to understand the effects of combat stress and the men who suffer from it should read this book.
— Jason A. Stewart, Texas Tech University
It's no easy road for returning veterans and that return home can be a lot easier with a map-Combat Trauma: A Personal Look at Long-Term Consequences is that map. There are a lot of things I could say about this important piece of work, but in simplest terms, this book will save lives.
— Michael Anthony, Iraq War Veteran and author of Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq
In this incredibly courageous expose, a group of 16 Vietnam veterans look at the realities of combat trauma and their own PTSD, offering an intensely personal glimpse into what brings it on, why it isn't curable, what people can do to cope, and most importantly, how loved ones can come to terms with it. While this is by no means a clinical guide written by medical professionals, it is a strikingly honest look at an issue that is becoming more apparent in our society as combat veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan. Readers will be drawn in immediately—not to the jungles of Vietnam, but the internal hell of the men who fought there. Forty years after the fact, these men experience regular flashbacks; readers will be shocked and angered by the lack of government resources being devoted to the problem, and moved by the effects that these experiences have had on the soldiers' personal and professional lives....In creating an emotional understanding, Johnson's book is a success.
— Publishers Weekly
If you are puzzled by the term "post-traumatic stress disorder," you could do nothing better than read Combat Trauma: A Personal Look at Long-Term Consequences. In this bombshell of a book, sixteen veterans of the Vietnam War describe their heroic battles, first with the enemy and then with their own internal demons. They describe PTSD as "a lifetime sentence," "being trapped in the past," "four decades of pain," and "walking the point alone." Anyone who has a friend or relative with a PTSD diagnosis needs to read this book in order to gain at least a partial understanding of a sear to the soul that never seems to heal. For mental health professionals, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder; for me it is also a combat wound, and this incredible book bears testimony to that judgment.
— Stanley Krippner Ph.D
While the information was helpful to both the men and women who may have been suffering from PTSD, either knowingly or unknowingly, the information was also helpful to their families.
— The Stanly News and Press
Cover symptoms including sleep problems, nightmares, flashbacks, triggers, withdrawal, emotional numbness, depression, sadness, fear, anger, hyper vigilance, startle response, guilt, trust, denial, concentration loss, and more
Includes discussions of family life, careers, faith and physical problems
Offers suggestions for obtaining help from combat brothers, treatment, visiting Vietnam and the Vietnam Memorial Wall, and more