There’s Nothing Wrong with Me
There’s Nothing Wrong with Me: The Veterans Journey into the PTSD Minefield uses a series of poems to tell the story of the veterans journey.
It begins with recruit training, then follows the veteran through war service and onto the day-to-day challenge of living with PTSD in the veteran household.
The book is edited by Bob Walter who is a Vietnam veteran with PTSD. As part of his healing, Bob has written a collection of heartfelt and insightful poems describing this experience. Along the way he has met two other poets affected by Vietnam, in Butch Daly and Susan Roberts, who have also written about living with the effects of war and the impact of combat PTSD.
Richly interwoven into this poetic tapestry are all the essential themes of the total Vietnam War experience. It illustrates the harsh transition from civilian to military life, the horrors of engaging in battle, the true meaning of mateship, the sense of betrayal and rejection caused by the anti-war movement, and lastly, but by no means least, the human cost of living with war-related PTSD.
The poetry is supported by personal stories from veterans and partners, which provide an insight into the impact of PTSD on the lives of everyone in the veteran household. It particularly highlights the courage and sacrifice required of veterans’ partners in order to cope with this parasite of war. At the same time it recognizes her need to walk on eggshells to avoid angry outbursts, while holding the family together. The storyline is supported by research which shows that at least 30% of Vietnam veterans and their families are affected.
This book has relevance to veterans and families from all conflicts and is intended to:
- Reassure veterans living with PTSD that they’re not alone.
- Inform partners and family members on what is happening to the veteran in their lives.
- Alert at-risk veterans of PTSD warning signs and encourage them to seek assistance should they be recognised.
- Educate the community and school children about war-related PTSD and the human costs of war.
The retail price of the book is $20.00 with all profits going to The Repat Foundation – The Road Home to support research into PTSD. To purchase a book, please phone: (08) 7002 0880.
Whether veteran, partner or family member, There’s Nothing Wrong with Me: The Veterans Journey into the PTSD Minefield will help you find understanding, connection and a way forward.