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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
Warrior Lost: Veteran Suicide and The Combat PTSD Monster is Book 5 in the "Warrior" Series by Leilani Anastasia. Suicide is a tragedy affecting too many of our active duty and veteran military members and their families. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following combat operations is a common cause of the severe depression that can lead to suicidal thoughts, though it’s not the only one. In Warrior Lost, Anastasia grapples with the topic head-on in frank and sometimes blunt terms, describing what PTSD is; how to recognize signs of suicidal thoughts or behavior; how PTSD can be diagnosed; indirect forms of suicide, such as substance abuse; the benefit of therapy animals and a list of organizations that may help in obtaining one; and where to get help from mental health and life skills professionals at the Veterans Administration if signs of PTSD, suicidal thoughts, or other behaviors are observed in veteran family members, friends, or acquaintances.
Don’t let the small size of this book fool you. Anastasia packs it full of statistics and information as she makes an impassioned plea for “lots of love, support and professional help” to prevent a vet family member from joining what she calls “Club 22.” This refers to the terrible statistic of twenty-two military veterans a day committing suicide in the United States, and her commitment to help family members do something about it. “Let’s get our Combat Boots on,” she urges, “load our weapons, pack up our Medic Kit and hit the road into the battle that is Veteran Suicide. I’m prepared to kill some monsters and administer some much needed First Aid. What about you?” A useful and informative read for us all.