Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home: Hope and Healing for Families Living with PTSD and TBI is written for those whose lives are connected to the life and service of a combat veteran. The home front needs the hope found in the true stories of real families living victoriously in the aftermath of war and overcoming an invisible enemy, the signature wounds of the present conflicts: posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. We, the spouses and family members who love and live with these combat veterans, fight the good fight from unfamiliar foxholes against enemies no one prepared us to face. Military marriages, extended families, churches and entire communities are caught in the crossfire of stress caused by our loved ones' wartime experiences.
When a veteran suffers from posttraumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, every member of his/her immediate family experiences the effects and, in many cases, suffers what is known as secondary acute stress. This secondary traumatic stress resembles the universal and potentially complicated process of grief. Spouses, parents and children of warriors pass through phases of shock and confusion, hurt, anger, guilt, fatigue, fear, and finally, acceptance.
Even with faith, courage and the discernment to apply God's promises to a very dark situation, the results of war can be emotionally scarred homes, major depression, addictive behavior, substance abuse, divorce or suicide. However, with accurate biblical guidance, targeted prayer, professional Christ-honoring counseling and resources, informed community and church support, these same individuals and families can find hope, healing and wholeness.
Jesus Christ is our High Priest who understands our pain, was tempted in every way but was without sin. He is ready and able to help us. He is our one hope and our healer who alone has the power to restore the injured soul of the warrior and the souls of the warrior's loved ones. Jesus invited the one who doubted to touch His hands and side. The nail prints in His hands and the scar under His heart were wounds of warfare in the ultimate battle He fought for our souls. Jesus said, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." (John 20:27) His words were an invitation to believe, to trust the only One Whose battle wounds can heal those of all others. Jesus extends the same invitation today to scarred warriors and their families: to reach out in faith and touch the Christ Who bore in His body on the cross all the casualties we cause one another, both seen and unseen.
Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home — a compilation of research and vetted stories about today's military spouses, parents, children and grandparents, heroes on the home front who deal with the fallout of PTSD and TBI — is based on first-hand experiences of military family members, the clinical experience of a psychologist on the front lines of caring for them, and the unchanging promises of God.