See Me for Who I Am: Student Veterans' Stories of War and Coming Home

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5.2 X 8.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.53 pounds

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About the Author
David Chrisinger is a veteran transition expert. Currently, he is an Associate Lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), where he teaches a veteran reintegration course, Back from the Front. He also assists college administrations and corporate employers create and sustain more productive relationships with veterans. He is the Founder and Managing Editor of Stronger at the Broken Places, a website dedicated not only to raising awareness of the struggles and triumphs of American veterans throughout history, but to helping today's generation of student veterans tell their stories of war and coming home.
Matthew J. Hefti is the author of A HARD AND HEAVY THING, Tyrus Books/F+W (January 2016). He was born in Canada and grew up in Wisconsin. After 9/11, he visited the Armed Forces recruiter. He then spent 12 years as an explosive ordnance disposal technician. He deployed twice to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan, once to Iraq as an EOD team member and the remaining three tours as an EOD team leader. While enlisted, he earned a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. He is now working, studying, and living in Madison, Wisconsin, where he is pursuing his Juris Doctor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Brian Castner is a nonfiction writer, former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer, and veteran of the Iraq War. He is the author of All the Ways We Kill and Die, forthcoming in the spring of 2016, and the war memoir The Long Walk, an Amazon Best Book of 2012. His writing has appeared at The New York Times, Wired, Outside, The Daily Beast, and on National Public Radio. In 2014, he received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, filing stories for Foreign Policy, VICE, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.
''Perhaps no self-contained diorama better represents the modern gulf between our military veterans and average citizens as this set of essays produced in David Chrisinger's remarkable freshman seminar at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.'' -- from the Foreword by Brian Castner, The Long Walk ''What we miss the most is not the thrill of war, but the satisfaction that comes from subjecting our individual wills to the common good--the satisfaction that comes from putting the group first. We don't necessarily miss the military life; we miss the military way of life. And that's why this book is so important. For the writers. For the veterans who read it. For the civilians who read it.'' -- from the Afterword by Matthew Hefti, A Hard and Heavy Thing ''The gap today between civilian and veteran is pronounced and vast. But is it unbridgeable? It is not. See Me for Who I Am is for anyone who's ever wondered, 'What was it like?' These twenty talented vet-writers answer that question with directness and courage. I can't wait to see what they write next.'' -- Matt Gallagher, Youngblood and Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War '''I want you guys to understand' begins the first piece in this valuable, powerful collection. What follows are blunt, plain spoken tales and remembrances that are at once poignant and harrowing and funny and proud and remorseful.'' -- Phil Zabriskie, The Kill Switch ''This is as authentic as it gets. These essays reflect the eloquent, powerful voice of the 21st-century American combat veterans' collective efforts to navigate their way back into a society that offers gratitude and respect, but lacks empathy and understanding.'' -- David J. Danelo, Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, author of The Return: A Field Manual for Life after Combat ''The stories and personalities in this visionary collection will be welcome companions both for veterans who have endured the stifling imposition of simplified views of military service and for civilians looking for better opening lines than, ''Did you kill anyone?'' or ''Thank you for your service.'' -- William Corley, PhD., Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom ''The veteran-writers in this collection invite you to witness the most spiritually transformative and physically visceral moments of their lives.'' -- Chris Dumaine Leche, PhD., Editor of Outside the Wire: American Voices from Afghanistan --