Book gives insight into unseen wounds

info@islandpacket.comMarch 10, 2013 

After listening to Dr. Heidi Squire Kraft's presentation at the recent Savannah Book Festival, I decided to read her book, "Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital."

Lt. Commander Kraft, a clinical psychologist, was deployed to assist a surgical unit stationed at Al Asad in Iraq. She was sent to help Marines and sailors cope with the combat wounds the regular physicians can't see -- those that have injured the mind. What a revealing story about the true tragedies of war and the outstanding service provided by the medical personnel at hospitals near the front lines in Iraq.

Are you remotely curious about what's affecting the young men and women we send into combat areas and the memories they obviously struggle with each day after returning to the states? If your answer is yes and -- in my opinion, everyone's should be -- I urge you to read Kraft's engaging, sobering and tear-producing book.

Michael F. Vezeau

Sun City Hilton Head

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