All war wounds are catastrophic, a unique tragedy that despite the best intentions of others must be personally overcome.
The visible wounds are often easy to spot. The hidden ones, those that go by the catch-all phrase Post Traumatic Stress, are often deeply buried and can go undiagnosed or viewed as character flaws that one should easily shake off. But many of our veterans, without help, can’t.
Robert M. Tanner III knows about the value of such help.
Tanner, one of 23,000 Marines who was serving in Iraq in 2004, and one of 130,000 US military troops, was deployed on tour in one of the most dangerous regions of the country, Fallujah.
Tanner has documented his experiences and the story of his unit, the Delta Company Outlaws, in a book “Memoirs of an Outlaw: Life in the Sandbox.”
He will discuss his book Tuesday Nov. 12 at the Toms River branch of Ocean County Library and tell how writing to document wartime experiences was therapeutic for him. Local groups will also be on hand to provide attendees with information about resources that are available to assist veterans who are dealing with PTS-issues.
Doors open 6:30 p.m. for people seeking information about PTS support groups and other organizations that offer support for veterans. Tanner’s book discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information go to the Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone the operator at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.