THE ACT OF BEING A Warrior Lover is a tricky business. While doing the research for my first book, “Warrior Lover: Battling the Combat PTSD Relationship” it came to my attention that there were several layers that accompanied Combat PTSD. I learned that to just write that book and stop would be doing a disservice to not only myself, but also my fellow Warrior Lovers! I realized that in order for me to help anyone, I must be able to follow through and “complete my mission”.
Having said this, it was easy to come up with the subject for my next book “Warrior Loving: Amazing Sex with Your Veteran”. With sex being a pivotal aspect of any relationship, the problems that Combat Vets have in the bedroom were something that I felt was pertinent to be explored. I think that topic was probably the most fun thing I have written so far. I learned a lot, explored a lot of different feelings and opened myself up to thinking about sex a lot more rationally than what I’m used to. It was pretty fun too! I mean, who doesn’t love talking about sex? I know that my Combat Vet LOVES to! Yeah, so, he’s got a touch of hyper-sexuality. I’m not complaining. Do you complain about your Vet?
While researching my “sex book”, I came up with some pretty “Scary Math” that inspired me to write my third book “Warrior Lust: Exploring Combat PTSD Infidelity”. The facts and figures regarding cheating Warriors are pretty astonishing and definitely not good news! They are also frightening for those of us that are Warrior Lovers! They lend credibility that would leave us to believe that a high percentage of our relationships might be doomed. However, I don’t have a crystal ball and neither do you! So, as long as you’re staying with your Warrior, you should be reading and familiarizing yourself about this nasty little monster we call “Combat PTSD”!
Next we took a look at the alcohol and substance abuse that seems to go hand-in-hand with Combat PTSD. We learned plenty of good stuff about how to recognize when our Party Boy or Party Girl is no longer just a “hard drinker” and should instead be nicknamed “Bender” or “Tipsy”. “Warrior Lush: The Battle with Combat PTSD Addiction” took a good hard look at the many facets of substance abuse that our Warriors face on the daily. In this book we learned how to recognize and help our Warriors seek treatment for these addictions.
One of the most difficult books for me to write was the final book in this compilation. “Warrior Lost: Veteran Suicide and the PTSD Monster” looked at the reasons that Veterans commit suicide and ways to be on the lookout for it. On average, twenty two Vets kill themselves a day in the United States. That’s about twenty two Vets too many! This book takes a good hard look at why our Warriors no longer feel like they are a viable and honored part of our society. Societal opinions, lack of strong mental health care and the treatment by our justice system are all factors that play into reason that we’ve got a “Club 22” going on. “Club 22” being the average of 22 Veterans a day that commit suicide. Even one is TOO DAMN MANY! However, before we can even attempt to stop this “Scary Math”, we need to be able to first recognize what the signs are of someone who is contemplating suicide.
One of my male readers (dare I say, “fan?”), urged me to compile the five books I have written so far and put them into a “boxed set” so that “these books can be combined later into a larger book.” Awesome advice! It sounded like a great idea to me! It’s a lot less work than writing and researching something of this size too. Anyhow, taking my number one fan’s advice was put into play. I made it MY MISSION to take all of the Intel that I’ve collected thus far and present it to you in one big package. Sorry that there’s no bow on it. So here we are, Dear Warrior Lover, all five of my first books combined into one! What a novel idea! Pardon the pun!
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