This review is from: Unvalidated Pain: A Chaplain’s Journey to Iraq and Back (Paperback)
It's hard to say this is a "good" book, because it leaves you feeling frustrated knowing about the high suicide rate of our military and that the government doesn't recognize it or do much to help. I believe the author did an excellent job of putting me in her shoes and what she went through - feeling like she should have seen it... stopped it. I would have felt the same way and I think, if we're honest, most of us would have felt like that. Because so many of our military come back in one piece, we think everything's fine - it isn't. We need to reach out to them. My 7 year old daughter never fails, when she sees a soldier (and we live next to a very large military base, so she sees a lot of them), to go up and thank them for their service. I've taught her to never go up from behind, but to get in front of them and get their attention - for obvious reasons. From the looks on many of their faces, they're shocked and it's obvious no one has ever thanked them before. So sad. I wish I could reach out to every one of them and get the help they may need - whether it's physical or emotional, but I can't. So I do what I can by helping to raise awareness, by sharing and suggesting this book on my facebook page, by putting a copy of this book in both of our rental cabins. I hope others will do the same.
I gave it 4 stars due to the font, which I thought was somewhat hard to read.