A Never-Ending Battle : A Soldier's Ongoing Struggle with Combat Ptsd
Howard Patrick, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War who suffered from acute Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for over 40 years, wrote his autobiography in the hopes it would provide his family with an understanding of how his wartime experiences and PTSD changed him, thereby affected their lives as well. Not only did his family benefit from reading it, the book had a very positive impact on others beyond his family circle, including veterans and medical professionals. The feedback he received was so overwhelmingly positive he published his book to help other combat veterans who may also be suffering from the grips of post traumatic stress, as well as provide valuable advice and support to their families. Included is information on programs available to help combat veterans having difficulty readjusting to civilian life, and how family members can get more information and assistance.
- Paperback | 214 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 11.68mm | 367.41g
- 30 Jan 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Howard B Patrick
Less than a year after he married, Howard Patrick was drafted into the United Sates Army and spent ten months, three weeks, and two days in Vietnam with the First Air Cavalry Division. Following a year of training, including 22 weeks at NCO School, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and left for Vietnam ten days after the birth of his daughter. Upon arriving in Vietnam he was assigned to Echo Recon, a newly-formed reconnaissance company as a squad leader, and later transferred to the Brigade Civil Affairs Unit as the NCO-In-Charge, where he also participated in air missions with the attached Psychological Operations Unit. His book describes his experiences from both an objective and emotional perspective, including such traumatic events as his first firefight, being on the receiving end of friendly fire, and getting shot down while on an air mission. He made it home with no physical injuries, but not without psychological wounds. He developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of his combat experience, which affected his life from his discharge right up to present day. The book details that journey. Howard lives in Philadelphia with his wife Judy of almost 50 Years. They have two children and six grandchildren.