I'll update this post through the day, so please check back later this afternoon for additional information on my appearance at Firedoglake.com's Sunday Book Salon. No need to register to leave a comment, so please join us at 5pm ET/2pm PT for an online discussion led by a good soul and friend Taylor Marsh:
[Moving a Nation to Care] is an amazing journey through stories of veterans and what ...war does to their lives and the lives of their families. I'm proud to host this event on Sunday. Please make some time in your schedule to spend time with Ilona. It will be an extraordinary discussion on PTSD, which I've talked about many times before.
It used to be called "battle fatigue." In fact, my uncle, who flew planes in WWII, ended up in a hospital a broken man. Flying mission after mission simply destroyed him. I'll never forget seeing him there with my mother when I was a very little girl. The once vibrant dandy of a man was no longer anywhere to be seen.
Ilona Meagher has captured the story of "battle fatigue," now called PTSD in her new book.
Firedoglake Book Salon
Sunday, May 20th
2:00 p.m. pacific - 5:00 p.m. eastern
Thanks to Jane Hamsher for having us in so we all could talk about Ilona's book and the important issues of PTSD, which some of us know so well. It's long past time that we brought this soldier's disease out into the light. It could help save some lives and the heartbreak of family members who are blindsided by what the Iraq war, with its continual redeployments, as well as the lack of planning and even equipment, has wrought.
Post coming on my PHL and NYC events.
For now, I'd like to share a few images with you. A great time all around; looking forward to others as I meet more of you.