Where War Ends: A Combat Veteran's 2,700-Mile Journey to Heal — Recovering from PTSD and Moral Injury through Meditation

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New World Library, Oct 29, 2019 - History - 288 pages

An Iraq War veteran's riveting journey from suicidal despair to hope

After serving in a scout-sniper platoon in Mosul, Tom Voss came home carrying invisible wounds of war — the memory of doing or witnessing things that went against his fundamental beliefs. This was not a physical injury that could heal with medication and time but a "moral injury" — a wound to the soul that eventually urged him toward suicide. Desperate for relief from the pain and guilt that haunted him, Voss embarked on a 2,700-mile journey across America, walking from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to the Pacific Ocean with a fellow veteran. Readers walk with these men as they meet other veterans, Native American healers, and spiritual teachers who appear in the most unexpected forms. At the end of their trek, Voss realizes he is really just beginning his healing. He pursues meditation training and discovers sacred breathing techniques that shatter his understanding of war and himself, and move him from despair to hope. Voss's story will give inspiration to veterans, their friends and family, and survivors of all kinds.

 

Contents

Time to Go
3
What Happened
13
Head Down Pants On
23
Make War Not Love
32
Rules of Engagement
36
Happy Place
39
Family Time
43
Cigarettes
47
Walking with Wolves
136
Deer Ken
148
Taken for a Ride
155
Hope
163
Its All a Mirage
167
Shakey Town
176
Reunion
183
Wave
187

Tailspin
52
I Wasnt There
57
Lifeline
62
Monologue
64
Enough
71
Mobile
77
The Rucksack
79
Seen
89
Training Day
93
Heros SendOff
98
Comfort
110
Unload
115
Locked and Loaded
119
Cheese Country
123
Unbroken
128
Still
193
The Unnameable Thing
195
Flash
200
Confession
207
Forgiveness
215
More Than Wounds
217
Man in White
223
Nuts
229
BlissedOut
239
Lunch Break
257
Afterword
261
Acknowledgments
264
Resources
266
About the Authors
267
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About the author (2019)

Tom Voss served as an infantry scout in the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment's scout-sniper platoon. While deployed in Mosul, Iraq, he participated in hundreds of combat and humanitarian missions. Rebecca Anne Nguyen, Voss's sister and coauthor, is a writer based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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