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By Mr. Twisted
Everyone familiar with the Veteran community is aware of the staggering number of our Nation’s warriors who have taken their own lives.
The numbers are a constant reminder of how difficult it is for a Veteran to transition back to being in the homeland and, perhaps all too clearly, the difficulty in adjustment to our own friends and family.
It is challenging enough that many Veterans have a hard time admitting it, even to themselves.
Chad Robichaux was one of those warriors. 7 deployments as a Force Recon Marine, Chad found himself in some pretty dark places upon returning home. Through training and competing in Mixed Martial Arts, he was able to deal with some of the things that haunted him, but there was still something missing.
He knew how to fight for his country and in the ring, but he didn’t know how to fight for his wife and children.
Amidst a great deal of turmoil and stress, Chad and his wife were able to work through a lot of what he had faced; and work they did.
Fast-forwarding to today, Chad has earned his MBA and a PhD, as well as becoming a certified PTSD counselor, and has co-written a book entitled Redeployed: How Combat Veterans Can Fight the Battle Within and Win the War at Home.
Joining Chad in authoring the book is Brian C. Fleming, aka “the Blown Up Guy.” A former 11B Team Leader with a Reconnaissance Platoon in the 10th Mountain Division, Brian suffered numerous life-threating injuries after a suicide bomber blew himself up literally three feet away from him. After several months of burn treatments and reconstructive surgeries, Brian has thrown himself into Veteran advocacy, writing multiple books and making appearances on nearly every news channel you can think of.
Suffice to say, between the two of them, there is an entire wellspring of knowledge regarding the struggles Veterans face upon their return home.
I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of their book so that we could push it today, and I have to say that one word comes to mind upon going through their work:
I am humbled to know that there are men like Chad and Brian out there who have devoted themselves to this cause. I am humbled to know that guys like this had every reason to pack it in and yet decided to charge forward and help others facing the same issues.
I am humbled by their dedication to the Veteran community.
My experience, albeit limited, has shown me that one of the biggest issues facing Veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress is that the “counselors” provided by the VA are people that most combat Vets would never speak with in a normal setting. They are not the sort of people that a Vet would go have a beer with and pour their soul out to, yet the VA expects service members to have their problems magically solved by a doctor who has never deployed or, in some cases, never even served.
This is exactly what makes Redeployed so unique. Chad and Brian are no strangers to the issues faced by those in the harshest of conditions; those who have given over and over to their country only to feel a great sense that something is missing upon their return.
Redeployed talks about the issues faced by Vets upon their return from combat and does so in a language that makes sense. This is in no way to imply that it “dumbs things down” because the opposite is true; both of the authors have a knack for discussing some detailed issues without sounding like the guy in the lab coat analyzing your blood cells.
The book is about taking the lessons learned from the military—lessons from training, combat, and the very structure of what makes military life so unique—and applies them to an issue that, as many of us believe, would be considered a national epidemic if it received more attention.
The book is about how to deal with being in those incredibly dark places, and it is authored by guys who know all too well what those dark places look like, as well as how to get out of them successfully.
I highly encourage you to not take my word for it. Order a copy of Redeployed today. This is an extremely important topic that cannot receive enough attention. If we can get a resource like this—one written for Vets and by Vets who know what they are talking about—into the hands of as many people as possible, the Veteran community will be taking steps on its own towards addressing the existing problems.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. If you or someone you know is even remotely affected by Post Traumatic Stress or simply trouble readjusting to life back in the Western World, please do purchase a copy of Redeployed. You will not be disappointed.
Plus, Chad is sporting a Ranger Up shirt on the cover of the book, which in and of itself should make it a best seller.
There is a reason we are supporting this book. If we all go out and buy it today and reach a predetermined sales goal, then we will trigger further promotion from Amazon. This, in turn, will help to make sure this book gets into the hands of the warriors who need it the most. This is not an issue that will go away if we ignore it. Chad and Brian know that and are working hard on behalf of Veterans for that very reason. Ranger Up Nation….make it rain.
Make sure you are as educated on these issues as possible and help our Nations warriors.