Guest Author - Evelyn Rainey
Win Over Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Hope, Help and Support for Combat Vets and Their Families is an e-book by Charlene Rubush. Available on Ms. Rubush’s incredible website (see link below), this book is filled with exactly what it claims -- Hope, Help and Support for Combat Vets and Their Families who are going through PTSD.
Ms. Rubush begins with defining PTSD and its symptoms, not only for the sufferer, but for the secondary people affected, too. She intersperses ‘real-life’ scenarios, taken from her life as well as from other soldiers and their spouses. She makes a strong point of connecting PTSD, spouse abuse and substance abuse as well as pointing out the cumulative properties of PTSD. Almost every single page has a link to more information or organizations that are right there; ready to help, including the AA’s 12 steps and suicide prevention contact information. Chapter 8 was excellent in that it brought out the fact that women are suffering from combat-related PTSD, too. She also lists many different treatments available.
These are just my opinions and in no way are meant to connotate negativity on Ms. Rubush's e-book. Each of the items listed below can be an issue in ANY book published. They just detracted from my full and total enjoyment of this terrific book.
The printed text
I had a difficult time reading the text because the font, size, alignment, and emphasis (bold, italics, etc.) kept changing, seemingly without purpose. Her words were strong enough to carry the message; in my opinion, her use of the fonts detracted from the words rather than enhancing them.
In some situations, Ms. Rubush’s facts were out-dated. For example, on page 67 she states, “Pauline Laurent is the only Vietnam War widow (of the 18,000) who has written about her life-altering experience.” In fact, there are about one dozen books now available that were written by Vietnam War widows.
I tested all the links in this book. Links and sites come and go quite rapidly in this day and age, so the concerns with the links should not reflect poorly on Ms. Rubush's book.
1. I found that several of the links which are still active have not been updated in years (right click, view page info, look at date modified). That happens, but the longer a site has been left fallow, the greater the chances are that the information or organization is no longer valid.
2. For a book this size, I thought there were an inordinate number of links which no longer exist or there was a problem finding the server. (I tried them three times each).
Server was not found or server was found but page no longer exists for eleven of the sites listed.
3. My launch file blocked six of the sites with a warning that it “may contain programs, macros, or viruses that could potentially harm your computer”.
Win Over Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a easily read handbook filled with many helpful ideas, suggestions, and personal experiences. The fact that it is an e-book adds to the ease of reading. I believe it will be an excellent tool to those vets and their family members who are dealing with this all-consuming disorder.