This inspirational novella was written with soldiers, families and those looking to attempt to understand the process of a soldier returning from a war zone to civilian life. However, it has now had a much further reach with readers who have suffered different traumatic experiences.
The back of the print novella includes a space for planning an individual decompression map and a journal for notes. When the authors made the decision to turn years of research into a novella, it seemed strange. However, we believed it was the only way to obtain the most impact in an inspirational book.
This inspirational story was inspired by real soldiers’ experiences in the hot zones and others who have suffered trauma. However, in our novella, you will meet a fictional family, one in which four generations went to war – Josh is returning from Afghanistan to his wife Lucy in California, following in the footsteps of relatives who have served in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq.
No magic can relieve the horrors of war that follow soldiers home or the trauma that someone survived. This story is to possibly assist in a need, a way to calm their pain, anxiety, and turmoil– a game plan to ease back into civilian life.
The stories of war in this novella have been inspired by some true events. Although they are a small part of this Decompression Map novella, they are necessary to understand the need for a soldier or others who have suffered trauma to decompress.
"This book should be a resource in every veteran counseling clinic." ~ Rusty Fairbanks
"I just read Matrix Filia's and Author Claudette Walker's masterpiece, DECOMPRESSION MAP. It was written in such a style that I felt I was involved directly in the story. It was an emotionally gripping experience as I actually can relate to it. This is a MUST-READ and everyone should seize the opportunity to learn from and appreciate your superb book. Thank you very much for your great gift to our brave soldiers and our society!" ~ Sergio Lebid
"My father was an immigrant who loved this country and raised the American flag every day. He had nightmares about World War II until the day he died ... that day was 9/11 and the last thing he saw were the twin towers going down. PTSD? Who knows? But I wish I had this book when he used to wake up screaming. God bless these two authors for their obvious labor of love. The Decompression Map is brilliant. I hope the Department of Defense is paying attention. Now we won't have to feel so helpless when all we can think of to say is "Welcome Home." Amazon Review
"This is a must read for anybody coming home from combat duty and their family! This book can really help Veteran's transition back into Civilian Life after returning home so quickly after combat. Used as an Aid for family and friends of soldiers returning home. It gives you good clues on making the returning soldiers comfortable. Nice Job Ladies! ~ Amazon Review
“Every soldier returning from a war zone needs time to decompress and a way to readapt to civilian life. That has been true for at least a century. Most recently, many of the men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are having a hard time adjusting to life at home.”
~ L.Cpl. Garner, Eric S., USMC
Written by authors Matrix Filia & Claudette Walker
May this book bring some insight, positive thoughts, a few smiles, and inspire more ideas to decompress.