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

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

EditorDavid ChrisingerForeword byBrian Castner

Paperback | February 15, 2016

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Because so few Americans have served in the military since 9/11—or even know anyone who has—many look to the media for information about veterans and military service. Popular news outlets, however, traffic in tragedy and often paint those who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan with one of three broad brushes: as superhuman; as broken, disabled, and traumatized; or as dangerous, ticking time bombs.

See Me for Who I Am aims to undermine these stereotypes. It brings together twenty young student veterans working to bridge the media-created gap that divides them from the American people they have fought to protect. With thoughtfulness, humor, and honesty, they relive and relate their worst memories, illustrate shared experiences, explain to us the fulfillment of combat, and show us what going to war really entails. For veterans, these voices will ring familiar. For civilians, the stories open a view into a world few ever see and, in the process, affirm our common humanity.

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...
Title:See Me for Who I Am: Student Veterans' Stories of War and Coming HomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.45 inPublished:February 15, 2016Publisher:Hudson Whitman/ Excelsior College PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1944079017

ISBN - 13:9781944079017


Table of Contents

Foreword by Brian CastnerIntroduction by David Chrisinger1. The Fires That Mold Men into Weapons -Chase Vuchetich2. My New Rituals -Josh Thunder3. You're...welcome? -Leon Valliere 4. See Me for What I Am -Geoffry Norfleet5. Attitude Is Everything -Sean Casey6. One Day in July -Nathan Coward7. Serendipity -Ross Petersen8. A History of Transitioning -John Elbert9. We Didn't Understand -Yvette M. Pino10. Sharing the Cost of War -Travis Jochimsen11. My First Mission -Ryan Callahan12. A Life of Change -Matt Fortun13. Not Everyone Who Comes Home Is Home -Tyler Pozolinski14. In Sickness and in Health -Kyle Nowak15. Not All Veterans Are the Same -Zach Trzinski16. Wanting to Go Back to Hell -Cody Makuski17. Earning a Seat at the Table -Sara Poquette18. Finishing 50 -Brett Foley19. War Followed Me Home -Zach Ruesch20. We Greeted Violence with Violence -Aaron LewisAfterword by Matthew HeftiContributing Author BiographiesAbout the Editor

Editorial Reviews

''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 --