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It isn't for the moment you are struck that you need courage,
but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.                             Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Survivor's guilt

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This page is under construction, but, we give you section as well as the books to your right.

In Loren Christensen's book Warriors: Living with Courage, Discipline and Honor, Lt Col Jack Finch speaks of "the psychological cost" of survival. In the essay The Cost of it: Memories from Vietnam to Panama to Desert Storm says:

The title of this essay was inspired by the famed WWII artist Tom Lea's painting from the invasion of Peleliiu titled The Price, which graphically depicts a terribly wounded U.S combatant still moving forward.
Many of us view the loss of life or limb as the primary risk involved when humans engage in deadly conflict, and there is logic in this perspective. However, there are other costs, especially psychological ones, associated with such conflicts, and my purpose is to describe some of those from engagements I participated in during 22 year US army career.

Col Finch then proceeds to describe the life long costs of having survived in what Lt Col David Grossman in The Bulletproof Mind calls the "most toxic environment known to man" -- that of violence, fighting for your life and killing.

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