New OEF/OIF Combat PTSD Book 'Moving a Nation to Care' a Timely Resource for Citizens, Military Families and Veterans

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"Moving a Nation to Care brings desperately needed attention to the devastating hidden costs of war. Anyone who wants to 'support the troops' should read this important book," Paul Rieckhoff, author of Chasing Ghosts, and Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

Post-traumatic stress disorder -- a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents or violent personal assaults like rape -- is one of the most serious problems facing our returning combat troops. As the March 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine reveals, one-third of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have sought help from the Veterans Administration through 2005 have received a mental health or psychosocial diagnosis. As more than 40,000 have been diagnosed with PTSD, Moving a Nation to Care: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and America's Returning Troops, available on and arriving in stores nationwide in May, is an important and timely book.

Written with an eye toward "moving a nation to care" about our fighting men and women as they work to return to civilian life, author Ilona Meagher has put together an essential resource for citizens, veterans, military family members and elected officials who want to understand the complex political, social and health-related aspects of PTSD.

"The scandal at Walter Reed highlights the need for this book," says Robert Lasner, publisher of New York-based Ig Publishing. "People have been angered to hear of how veterans have been neglected by our government. One of the problems is that there hasn't been a definitive book that explores the plight of those with psychological injuries. Until now."

An amazing mix of hard-hitting reporting and heartbreaking personal accounts of troops who are suffering with -- and dying from -- PTSD, Moving a Nation to Care is an "insider's look at the issues of PTSD," says Steve Robinson, director of veterans affairs at Veterans for America. "If it creates debate in Congress or causes a parent to fight for the healthcare of their loved one then it has accomplished its mission." Trish Wood, author of What Was Asked of Us: An Oral History of the Iraq War by the Soldiers Who Fought It, adds that "This is a must read for returning troops and their families. Ilona Meagher's book will save lives."

Ilona Meagher will be doing a national tour in support of the book, including stops in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, St. Louis, Denver, Boulder, Berkeley and Tempe. Media wishing to interview Ilona Meagher, or seeking an opportunity to review Moving a Nation to Care, should contact the publisher or author directly.

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Ig Publishing

Robert Lasner

Ph/Fx: 718-797-0676

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Ilona Meagher

Ph: 815-885-4650

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