A person with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will grasp onto anything or anyone to keep them alive, to keep them feeling good, to take away the pain, to feel anything about themselves inside.”

On October 23, 1983, 241 soldiers were killed in their sleep during the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. For almost 30 days, Lieutenant Bonnie J. (Caceres) Tierney was the Mass Casualty Officer at Rhein Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany, assigned to help identify and process the body parts. Day after day, she did her duty, while trying to detach from the horror of it all.

Her first thoughts of suicide began while she was stationed in Germany.

What followed was more than 20 years of depression, isolation, nightmares, panic attacks and reckless behavior, until she finally sought professional help. She was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition that plagues our servicemen and servicewomen who have witnessed the unspeakable.

This is Bonnie’s poignant story.
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Five Star Review on Amazon By S. Campbell

I read the book in one read. I couldn’t put it down.
Excellent insight and helpful information for those suffering……
Just so proud of Bonnie.
Many thanks to her for opening up a side we would never had known.

About the Author

Author Bonnie J. Tierney served on active duty with the United States Air Force, both in the enlisted and officer ranks, from 1973 until 1992.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. She is a disabled veteran and is currently serving as the Administrative Officer for Resources at the Health Administrative Center (HAC) for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, Colorado.

“To my military brothers and sisters serving on active duty or to those who have served in combat-related activities, don’t wait until you are in that deep tunnel to ask for help.

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