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Returned Soldier : My Battles : Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - James Prascevic

Returned Soldier

My Battles : Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Paperback Published: 1st June 2014
ISBN: 9781922129413
Number Of Pages: 272

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James Prascevic provides a brutally honest, first‐hand account of the front lines of combat — witnessing the disturbing consequences of war for civilians, the thrill of being caught in a firefight, the shock of losing a mate — a n d of the training that got him into those situations. This is his story of life as an infantryman and the unglamorous aftermath of war that has created a different challenge in combating mental illness.

James was a plumber in Victoria, when he decided to enlist as an infantryman in the Australian Defence Force. With 1 RAR he served in Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was confronted with the horrifying effects of Improvised Explosive Devices. Upon his return from Afghanistan, he completed the Commando Selection and Training Course and most of the Reinforcement Cycle for the Special Forces, but broke his leg in a parachuting incident.

That was when the black dog bit, causing him to be medically discharged from the ADF after almost ten years of service. He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depression, Anxiety and Alcohol Dependence. At first he was silent about it, until he lost his wife, his career and nearly his life. As a result of this, he did fundraising for the Black Dog Institute, set up the website Different Challenge, and crossed Bass Strait in a ‘tinnie’ to raise awareness of mental illness and its often devastating effects.

James reminds us about the sacrifices Australian soldiers make for their country, and that there is no shame in admitting you have a mental illness.

A book worth reading

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It was a pleasure to read this book as we personally know the author and now we can understand his situation a lot better.

Colac Australia

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Returned Soldier by Jaes Prascevic

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James speaks from the heart and totally puts it out there regarding his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Suicidal Ideation and Alcoholism following discharge from Army service over nine years and after combat duty in Afghanistan, Iraq & East Timor. He bares all in the hope it will help others to deal with similar circumstances. James also writes of his adventure crossing Bass Strait in a four and a half metre aluminium fishing boat from Lorne in Victoria to Smithton on the north-west coast of Tasmania AND BACK, raising money for the Black Dog Institute whose aim is to support people suffering from Depression. An effort he took on , to aid in getting himself back on track . It is a story of courage not only in combat overseas but also in dealing with the after-effects.; namely PTSD and Depression and hopefully may provide comfort and guidance to others who have had to deal with these issues. It is a very illuminating read.

Melbourne

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ISBN: 9781922129413
ISBN-10: 1922129410
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st June 2014
Publisher: Melbourne Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.5  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.44

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