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The essential handbook for anyone who has ever returned from a war zone, and their spouse, partner, or family members. Being back home can be as difficult as the time spent serving in a combat zone. Colonel Charles W. Hoge, MD, a leading advocate for eliminating the stigma of mental health care, presents Once a Warrior―Always a Warrior, a groundbreaking resource. Dr. Hoge explores the latest research in combat stress, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury). Recognizing that warriors and family members both change during deployment, he helps them better understand each other's experience.
Why We Love This Gift: We love this gift because we believe that it is important to recognize the stress on our returning veterans. Validating the experiences of these combat veterans (and their families) allows for easier transition. This is an actually effective way to demonstrate active stance assistance in addition to the oft-tossed off phrase, "thank you for your service."
What To Express in Your Card: While I cannot pretend to know what you have been through, or what you are transitioning towards, I do want to tell you that I think about it. It would feel hubristic of me to speculate beyond a expression of my sincere admiration, and gratitude for your service. If you are free and want to talk more I would love to listen. (I'm also good at lending a hand picking kids up from games and things).