Here is a soldier who speaks like a poet and writes like one too. It’s a story about PTSD from the inside out, but more than that, it’s an indictment of Veterans Affairs Canada and the other rigid, petty bureaucracies which have always existed to make things harder for men and women in uniform, but which do it now at real peril to their lives and health. Shame on them, and hooray for John Conrad.
Christie Blatchford, columnist for Postmedia and author of Fifteen Days
A love letter to all of those who love humanity so much they willingly sacrifice their lives – and mental health – for us. Conrad writes with a passion and beauty that can only come from someone who took that oath to protect millions of people…. Conrad’s writing will evoke anger, tears and pride.
The author courageously uses his own struggles to paint a visceral, blunt picture of what lurks in the mind of someone with PTSD.
What sets Conrad’s book apart is the writing and degree of introspection. More than any other book that I have read, this one effectively conveys what it is like to have PTSD … Among the Walking Wounded is a layered and textured account of living with PTSD.
This book, which at times has a novelistic style to it, is a must read for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the long term effects of PTSD on our wounded war veterans.
Poignant...gives us insight into the way a PTSD mind works, one incident triggering a memory that triggers an out-of ordinary reaction. A must-read for anyone who suffers from or knows someone suffering from the effects of PTSD.
G-Pop, blog review
A must-read for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the long-term effects of PTSD on our wounded war veterans.
Voxair: Official Publication of the RCAF in Winnipeg
An extremely intimate memoir, not just of Conrad’s deployment, but of the personal difficulties he experienced after he returned home … incisive [look] at a thorny, frequently misunderstood topic.
Globe and Mail
? A tragedy whose telling here should be required reading for anyone still dismissing the unseen wounds of warriors.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
An inside look at the psychological and moral dilemnas of the Afghanistan war and the ongoing impacts for many veterans, who still face stigma if they are honest about their internal struggles.
A devastating expose of the failures of the Canadian Forces and VAC to take care of the country’s military personnel.