Intro: Decompression Map


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.

We hope you will find some understanding, new ideas, clues to decompress, and some smiles on our Decompression Map trip with Josh and Dave.

No magic can relieve the horrors of war that follow soldiers’ homes 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 Veterans 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

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Written by authors Matrix Filia & Claudette Walker
May this book bring some insight, positive thoughts, a few smiles, and inspire more ideas to decompress.

  1. Avatar of Judy Markova
    Judy Markova says

    Sounds like a “must read”for all those suffering from PTS.
    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I hope to read an excerpt soon.

  2. Avatar of Nancy Duci Denofio
    Nancy Duci Denofio says

    To Claudette and Matrix – an outstanding job – Decompression Map is not only well written it serves a wide purpose beyond being a great read. This is one book to serve those men who have been in combat and finally have the opportunity to tell their personal story. I can understand why this book has been written, and believe it will travel far. Once again, after reading this book – I know why many men remain quiet, and using this book as a platform will only give them space to write, and grow by their experience – and through words their personal story will never be lost. A needed addition. Sincerely, Nancy

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