War Stories from the Forgotten Soldiers - Exploring the Invisible Wounds of War
By: Lisa PR
Dr. Beal weaves clinical observations with the stories of veterans going to, and returning from, Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2010 to 2017, Dr. Beal conducted work in telepsychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The veterans' stories were so powerful they often left him emotionally spent. For him, documenting the stories began as a form of catharsis. War Stories from the Forgotten Soldiers is the compilation of those essays. Following each soldier story are Dr. Beal's thoughts and questions generated by that soldier's experience.
Through his collection of encounters, the author hopes to engage the 99 percent of Americans who do not serve in the military. War Stories from the Forgotten Soldiers is a springboard to conversation between civilians and four million veterans who served the United States over the past twenty years. Dr. Beal gives us the resources to begin that first step, one conversation at a time.
"The collective narrative experience, the telling of the story by the traumatized soldier to a trustworthy audience, the collective experiencing of terror, rage, and grief, is critical to regain the soul of the individual and the integrity of our society," says Dr. Beal. "War and killing, guilt and grief are far too important not to be shared."
Readers experience the call to action, toward a higher collective consciousness, with every story, more fully appreciating the service and suffering of our soldier warriors. Dr. Beal believes the book and the stories to be a first step for every citizen getting to know a soldier.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Edward W. "Ted" Beal is a clinical professor in psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and served as captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War. He is a two-time book author, having co-authored Adult Children of Divorce. His second book, War Stories of the Forgotten Soldiers, is the culmination of almost eight years of experience and nearly 5,000 interviews working with returning soldiers. He has appeared on NBC's Today, and on ABC, CBS, CNN and NPR radio programs.