• James McNeil

Excerpt from Intro

When veterans leave military service, they almost immediately enter an identity crisis. The identity they'd had for years before leaving was that of a Soldier (Sailor, Airman, or Marine as well). Now they try to reintegrate into civilian life, and it can be extremely stressful. This identity crisis is a large part of the high number of veterans who have committed suicide.

From the book, "Finding Your Personal Mission."

"If you had seen me just a couple of years ago, then compared that with the way I am today, you would notice a drastic difference. This is especially true if you were in my house on the night of September 10, 2017. I remember the date because it was that night Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida. I was stressed, and I didn’t think it was a big enough deal to warrant reaching out. Little by little the stress crept up on me until at midnight, I was sitting at my desk with a bottle of sleeping pills prescribed for me. I was debating whether or not I should take the whole bottle. Yes, I know what that would have done to me. Oddly enough, however that night my thoughts were not focused on dying. My thoughts were around “going to sleep” long enough for the stress and pain to pass. I did not take the pills. " ... "This list of obstacles I faced is by no means an exhaustive list. As you read through, you may notice other obstacles. Feel free to incorporate those into your own journey of self-reclamation. "

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