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Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD by Welby O'Brien

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Chances are that if your loved one has seen war, he or she has PTSD at some level, and you who love your veteran will also be deeply and profoundly affected. Now here is a comprehensive, practical book solely dedicated to addressing the cries and needs of the loved ones. Finally! A book that is geared toward your needs and issues--your cries. Love Our Vets answers more than 60 heartfelt questions, providing down-to-earth wisdom and much-needed tips for taking care of yourself. Sharing as a counselor and from her personal experience of living with a 100% disabled veteran with PTSD, Welby O'Brien gives hope, encouragement, and practical help for families and loved ones who are caught in the wake of the trauma. This book addresses a broad spectrum of issues and concerns and offers realistic wisdom from a wide variety of individuals who share from real hearts and lives. Welcomed by VA and other counselors, this is not just another book about PTSD; rather, it is a tremendous resource for families and loved ones who struggle heroically along with their vets to face the day-to-day challenges.

Goodreads Summary

Although I think that this would be a great resource for those who have spouses, sons, or daughters with PTSD. This mainly applies to those who have been in a war zone or experienced militaristic measures first hand than those who come by PTSD in a different way. I found the stories interesting and informative. There were a few in this book that I didn't quite believe or think had the best advice. My favorite part was the first portion of the book that dealt with explaining what PTSD was and the experiences that many with PTSD have. I found the advice in this section good. I always like and appreciate firsthand experince, so the latter portions of the book were definitely intriguing. After reading this book, I can see why the disorder is hard to pin down into an exact group of symptoms and why people often do not realize their loved one is experiencing it.

3 Stars

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