C-Span BookTV Interview – Michael Anthony talks about ‘Soldiers Earning Awards,’ and saying ‘Thank You For Your Service.’

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A few months ago I had an interview appear on C-Span BookTV . In the interview I talked about my newest book Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir, (“[D]ark humored…” Kirkus, “A must read.” – Colby Buzzell) a memoir about my return home from the Iraq war. In this clip I discuss soldiers who chase after awards and also that pesky question “how …

Why The Pick-Up Artist Community Could Be Good For Veterans With PTSD

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[Note: With the publication of my newest book, Civilianized, which includes stories of veterans with PTSD, and Pick-up Artists, I thought the following post might be appropriate.] Pick-Up Artists AND Veterans? What’s the deal? The chaotic and disturbing ordeal that US military veterans went through during the recent wars has left a sizeable portion of them in a harrowing state of trauma and shock. …

C-Span Interview – Michael Anthony talks about ‘Soldiers Earning Awards,’ and saying ‘Thank You For Your Service.’

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This is a partial clip from my C-Span BookTV interview. The talk took place at Porter Square books in Cambridge, and it was a talk about my newest book Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir, a book about my return home from the Iraq War. In this clip I discuss soldiers who chase after awards and also that pesky question “how do …

Civilianized: Book Endorsements

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Here are a few of the endorsements that Civilianized has received so far: Praise “Civilianized has the introspection of a literary memoir and the narrative momentum of a novel.” –Booklist “[T]his at-times darkly comic memoir serves as an important reminder of the human cost of America’s involvement in overseas conflicts. . . An intense memoir.” –Kirkus Reviews “Michael Anthony writes …

NEW BOOK!!!

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Hey Everyone! I wanted to let you know that my new book is officially for sale and available for Pre-Order. The title is: Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir. It’s a story about my homecoming from Iraq and some of the struggles I faced (though it’s a bit darker, and funnier than it might sound/seem). Here’s the text from the jacket: …

Thought For the Day – Chuck Palahniuk (PTSD and scars)

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This quote summarizes any veteran with PTSD. It’s easier to remember your friend who died in a mortar attack–the smell of their blood, the feeling of them in your arms, their look on their faces, the sound of their dying breaths–than it is for a person to remember their high school sweetheart, or a good time camping with friends. This is …

Alternative Therapies for Veterans with PTSD

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There are more than fifty thousand veterans in the United States today. A significant portion of which have experienced, in one way or another, a sort of unforgettable and traumatic event during their tour of duty. When these incidents create frequent and negative emotional personal responses, coupled with physical injury and other physical or psychological illnesses, a person is most …

Can Stress Make Us More Creative? Writing, Art, And Combat Veterans…

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I was recently watching this Ted Talk titled “How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative”and the talk is basically about exactly what the title describes: How frustration, those hair-pulling moments, can actually lead us to some of our greatest moments of creativity. This got me thinking about combat veterans and why I’m seeing so many of them turn to the …

How Stoic Philosophy Can Help Veterans With PTSD

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We all have a natural tendency to respond to various situations in different ways. Of course, that’s what makes us human. The flight or fight response is one of the body’s natural responses that occurs when triggered by a specific situation. When a person becomes scared or feels threatened, the body’s normal function amplify, helping the body prepare itself to …