AFTER: The Battle Has Just Begun by @AuthorRJBelle #historical #nonfiction #veteran

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How do you move forward after war? Meet eight men who returned with life-altering injuries; let them show you.

The Battle Has Just Begun

by RJ Belle

Genre/Keyword(s): Non-Fiction, Historical, military, war, veteran



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This project looks at the struggles of these incredible men to reshape their lives after combat. It also sets these stories within the context of current veteran healthcare; injury, suicide, and disability statistics; and looks briefly at the impacts on the caregivers who support these men. Being face-to-face with combat-injured veterans has given me an insight that all Americans should have. Veterans of the Vietnam era began the process of opening our eyes to the grim realities that await veterans both psychologically and physically. These men’s stories show how much more we have to accomplish.

This book isn't about war or politics - it is about figuring out what it takes to move forward AFTER the war. I wrote this book to raise awareness of what our warriors need most when they return, what the government does and doesn't provide and why there is a high demand for private non-profits to fill the gaps. Make no mistake - we are in this period of recovery and rehabilitation for decades to come. It also introduces the non-profit organization Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station which has taken on the task of helping our combat-injured men and women make the daunting transition from military to civilian life. 100% of the proceeds benefit them in this much-needed labor of love.

It's not about the war. It’s about the warrior.


“My tattoo, my tattoo,” he cried as he lay on the dirt. The corpsman tending to Timothy Read did not tell him that his leg was missing because they thought the tattoo in question was missing as well. Tim’s arm was torn to shreds with significant injury to his shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. At the time of the injury, there was so much blood covering his arm that the corpsman couldn’t see what lay on the one piece of flesh still fully intact. The tattoo read: For Those I Love, I Shall Sacrifice.

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