Edited by David Chrisinger
Foreword by Brian Castner, The Long Walk
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ISBN: 978-1-944079-01-7 (print)
Pub Date: February 15, 2016
Price: $20 paperback
Category: Military, Higher Education
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“The gap today between civilian and veteran is pronounced and vast. But is it unbridgeable? It is not. See Me for Who I Am is for anyone who’s ever wondered, ‘What was it like?’ These twenty talented vet-writers answer that question with directness and courage.”
– Matt Gallagher, Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War
Because so few Americans have served in the military since 9/11—or even know anyone who has—many look to the media for information about veterans and military service. Popular news outlets, however, traffic in tragedy and often paint those who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan with one of three broad brushes: as superhuman; as broken, disabled, and traumatized; or as dangerous, ticking time bombs.
See Me for Who I Am aims to undermine these stereotypes. It brings together twenty young student veterans working to bridge the media-created gap that divides them from the American people they have fought to protect. With thoughtfulness, humor, and honesty, they relive and relate their worst memories, illustrate shared experiences, explain to us the fulfillment of combat, and show us what going to war really entails. For veterans, these voices will ring familiar. For civilians, the stories open a view into a world few ever see and, in the process, affirm our common humanity.
David Chrisinger is a veteran transition expert and works with colleges and corporations to facilitate better military/civilian relationships. Currently, he teaches a popular veteran reintegration course, Back from the Front. at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP).
Visit his website/ blog: Stronger at the Broken Places.
Dedicated to raising awareness of the struggles and triumphs of American veterans throughout history, and to helping today’s generation of student veterans tell their stories of war and coming home.
Contact David here.
VETERANS COMING HOME
TYLER POZOLONSKI’S ESSAY, “NOT EVERYONE WHO COMES HOME IS HOME”