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Warrior's return : restoring the soul after war
Tick, Edward.
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Publication Information:
Boulder, CO : Sounds True, [2014]
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xix, 299 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: a call to the nation -- The war after the war -- The universal warrior -- The war after war -- War wounds us all -- Arena for the soul -- The journey through hell -- The invisible wound today -- Bringing our warriors home -- War trauma and the social contract -- The wound: a holistic understanding -- Wounding and identity -- The transformational journey -- Lessons from the chiefs of old -- Religion and spirituality for war healing -- The path of warrior return -- Spiritual comfort and healing for the war wounded -- Redemption of the wounded warrior -- Reveille: of warriors and doves.
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War touches us all--leaving visible and invisible wounds on the warriors who fight, disrupting their families and communities, and leaving lasting imprints on our national psyche. In spite of billions spent on psychological care and reintegration programs, we face an epidemic of combat-related conditions such as PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). With Warrior's Return, Dr. Edward Tick presents a powerful case for changing the way we welcome our veterans back from service--a vision and a path for transforming the wounds of war into sources of wisdom, honor, and growth.

After more than 35 years of working with veterans, Dr. Tick has learned that our conventional ways of addressing the trauma and woundings of war fall far short, usually focusing only on symptoms and temporary relief. Drawing on lessons from cross-cultural wisdom, mythical archetypes, and proven methods from psychology, he offers this book as a valuable resource to help families, caregivers, and returning veterans understand and cope with the life-changing effects of combat, including:

Re-examining PTSD--why we must expand our understanding of the full psychological and spiritual impact of war's invisible wounds Archetype of the warrior--service in combat as a "journey to the underworld," and why the return home is the most crucial stage The warrior's path--timeless wisdom from tradition, classical philosophy, great leaders, and religious and mythological sources How cultures around the world have welcomed home their returning warriors for centuries--and what we can learn from them The warrior's initiation--how the old self dies on the battlefield and a new, more mature self evolves in its place Restoration--methods for overcoming disillusionment and soul-fatigue to restore the warrior's sense of purpose, motivation, and connection Coming home--specific steps for reintegrating our warriors back into our families and communities Honor--how a warrior can retain personal integrity and self-respect even when they have participated in a war they don't believe in Forgiveness, reconciliation, and atonement--ways for warriors to close the circle and begin healing what was destroyed "This is not a hopeless situation," states Dr. Tick. "Lifelong suffering after war is not inevitable if we understand war's impact on the heart and soul, both for ourselves and our culture." For veterans and those who wish to support them, Warrior's Return offers step-by-step guidance for initiating our transformed warriors into valued members of our community--with an essential map for the hero's journey home.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Soldier's Heart. Visit

Author Notes

Edward Tick, PhD, cofounded the nonprofit Soldier's Heart: Restoring Our Warriors and Communities, with his wife Kate Dahlstedt-Honored for his exceptional work with veterans and PTSD, he is the author of five books, including the groundbreaking and award-winning War and the Soul For mote, visit

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Call to the Nationp. ix
Part I The War After the War
Chapter 1 The Universal Warriorp. 3
Chapter 2 The War After Warp. 23
Chapter 3 War Wounds Us Allp. 35
Chapter 4 Arena for the Soulp. 57
Chapter 5 The Journey Through Hellp. 79
Chapter 8 The Invisible Wound Todayp. 95
Part II Bringing Our Warriors Home
Chapter 7 War Trauma and the Social Contractp. 119
Chapter 6 The Wound: A Holistic Understandingp. 141
Chapter 9 Wounding and Identityp. 149
Chapter 10 The Transformational Journeyp. 165
Chapter 11 Lessons from the Chiefs of Oldp. 175
Chapter 12 Religion and Spirituality for War Healingp. 193
Chapter 13 The Path of Warrior Returnp. 205
Chapter 14 Spiritual Comfort and Healing for the War-Woundedp. 219
Chapter 15 Redemption of the Wounded Warriorp. 237
Reveille of Warriors and Dovesp. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 261
Notesp. 263
Index of Veterans' Testimoniesp. 281
Indexp. 283
About the Authorp. 299