Publication date: May 9, 2016
Publisher: RJ Belle Books
Format: paperback, 140 pages
How I got it: I won this book from a giveaway
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My rating: 5/5
Meet eight combat-injured men who sustained life-altering injuries. Read eight inspiring stories of heroism and the re-building of independent, productive and fulfilling lives after seemingly impossible circumstances.
This project took me through an eye-opening experience where I was forced to consider and attempt to analyze statistical data provided by the VA and other sources. I researched veteran healthcare, injury rates, suicide rates, disability ratings, and caregivers, ad nauseam. My conclusion upon analyzing these statistics was far less concerning than the grim reality of the lives and struggles I heard about and witnessed. Being face-to-face with combat-injured veterans gave me an insight that all Americans should have. This project forced me to open my mind and shook my beliefs about government, politics and war to the core.
This book isn't about war or politics - it is about figuring out what it takes to move forward AFTER the war. I wrote this book to raise awareness of what our warriors need most when they return, what the government does and doesn't provide and why there is high demand for private non-profits to fill the gaps. Make no mistake - we are in this period of recovery and rehabilitation for decades to come.
It's not about the war; it’s about the warrior.
AFTER also introduces a non-profit organization that assists our combat-injured men and women with the daunting transition from military to civilian life.
100% of the proceeds benefit Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station.
This book follows eight veterans who were wounded while at war and received life altering injuries. The author does an amazing job setting up each story for the veteran I felt while I was reading that I was very connected to each and every one of them. The stories are very traumatic to read and we do get a very clear picture of what happened to each individual before and after. The author does not shy away from the details that might stop some people from reading.
I felt like the author really took pride while writing this book. As a reader you can tell this book is very well researched and the author gives her own opinion as well as giving us a large amount of facts to digest about each veteran and each case. I personally had no idea what type of programs existed for veterans, but I did know that a lot of veterans do struggle. This book really enlightened me not only about veterans, but what people are experiencing today during conflicts. I honestly would read the news stories, but not fully digest what was going on, this book goes into the right amount of details to really show you what the soldiers are expecting when they go into places of conflict and as well as what is happening while in areas of conflict.
I would suggest this as a nighttime read. It might be a harder topic for some people to read at night. It didn’t really help me wind down at night, but it really made me think about other things outside of my daily life. It gave me a whole new perspective of veterans and also informed me of other programs that existed for veterans.
I found this book to be very educational and informative. I would highly recommend reading this book if you want to know more about veterans. It was a very quick read and really hit a personal note for me.