Southwest Minn. (PRWEB) December 10, 2013
Combat experience in wars will always have a devastating effect on those who are left behind. It can wound a soldier’s soul and give them a scar that will last a lifetime. The soldier’s family also experiences their own second-hand wounds of war. No one in the life of a combat soldier remains untouched by the trauma of war. Author Janelle Kaye chronicles her family’s journey to healing and reconciliation with the WWII experience of her father. Stirring and enlightening, Reconciliation with War: A Family Journey gives the readers a glimpse into the life of a war veteran whose scars ran deep physically, emotionally and spiritually and to how his experience affected his family life afterwards.
Charles Willsher, who received the Distinguished Service Cross for his service in the 9th Infantry Division during WWII, never fully recovered from his wounds. His wife and daughter became the victims of his inner war. In the 1980’s he wrote his memoir and began his own healing journey by telling his story to others. After his death, his daughter uncovered his memoir and decided to include it along with their family story in hopes that it would inform and inspire others who are also dealing with the trauma that war leaves behind.
Reconciliation with War: A Family Journey, depicts how one soldier’s upbringing and values affected his decisions made in war, how his war experiences affected his entire family, and how he and his family recovered through embarking on a healing and reconciliation journey. Since the 1980’s post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been recognized and treated, but the need and opportunities to heal secondary PTSD or trans-generational PTSD has largely gone unrecognized. In this groundbreaking book, readers learn about one silent hero who sacrificed much for his country, and discover many methods and guidelines for healing and reconciling that may prove helpful in their own families. They may even find their own story in the Willsher family story.
It is the author’s hope that through reading her father’s story, readers will get to know a silent hero who sacrificed so much for his country. For those who have not experienced combat war, it is hard to imagine what veterans and their families give up for the rest of the population. Perhaps, they will better understand the truth about war and its horrible effects on generations within families. Perhaps they will also find a way to heal their wounds of war and reconcile as a family. Ultimately, they may even decide to stop waging war.
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About the Authors
Janelle Kaye, M.A. grew up in a household where PTSD ruled after her father’s experience in WWII. Deeply troubled by war and its effects on people, she escaped to Oregon after college where she became committed to the idea of nonviolence in all aspects of life. For several years, she taught a variety of communication classes in Oregon’s university and community college system, and later operated her own therapeutic business devoted to the mental, emotional, and physical healing of individuals and groups. As a result of her own recovery from secondary PTSD, she ultimately was able to reconcile with her family and teach others about methods in healing and reconciling with their families.
Charles Sidney Willsher received the Distinguished Service Cross for his service in the 9th Infantry Division in WWII. For the rest of his life he was plagued with a variety of physical problems and severe PTSD which primarily resulted from having killed others in hand-to-hand combat. He could never reconcile having killed with his spiritual values gained from growing up in a small town in Minnesota. He found some relief in his senior years by telling his story.
Reconciliation with War: A Family Journey * by Janelle Kaye
Publication Date: October 31, 2013
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