About this project
Help me get this book into as many hands as possible. Pledge today to help fund a national book tour!
Why did I write this book?
I wrote My Daddy Has PTSD for my son shortly after I was diagnosed with PTSD. It became apparent to me that PTSD is a subject many people try to avoid because so few people understand what it is. That is the wrong answer. People need to understand, and it needs to start with our children.
During my seven year tour on a Unit Ministry Team in the U.S. Army I witnessed things that few people can imagine—things that will last in my memory forever. From having to bury a battle buddy who committed suicide in front of his wife and kids, to witnessing the last breath of two of my battle buddies following a tragic vehicle accident. And yet as traumatic as these things were, the hardest part was providing support to the family members and battle buddies who were left behind. Over the years I have dealt with (or helped to deal with) hundreds of cases pertaining to suicide, combat deaths, PTSD, equal opportunity, low morale, and well being counseling--for Soldiers, veterans and family members. So when I was diagnosed with PTSD, I knew exactly what I was dealing with. I also knew that my loving family would have to suffer right alongside me.
So I wrote this book as a tool to help explain to my son (and future children) exactly what it is that daddy is dealing with. I believe that plenty of other daddies (and mommies, too) can also use this book to help explain their symptoms to their children.
The subject of PTSD is very near and dear to my heart. I have seen the problems that trauma-caused anxiety, depression, stress and fear can create with Soldiers and their family members. I have heard the cries and witnessed the destruction. This disorder is very real, and more common than you may think.
About the book:
My Daddy Has PTSD is a simple story presented through the eyes of a young child, and includes the confusion, as well as the coming of understanding, many military children today face. It asks the question, "What is wrong with daddy?" and politely answers by saying, "Daddy is going through some things, but here's how we can help..." Children of all ages will learn about some of the symptoms of PTSD, and how the family as a whole can cope with the issues. But most importantly, the book teaches children that what daddy or mommy is going through is not the fault of the children, and that PTSD should be looked at as a sign of strength and not weakness.
My Daddy Has PTSD has been accepted and will be released to bookstores everywhere by Tate Publishing. We recently entered the production stage, which could take up to 5 to 10 months. The estimated release date is between August 2014 and January 2015. The finished product will include at least ten beautiful full-color illustrations. (See the bottom of this page for a sample of the artists' work; they also designed the cover for one of my other books.) It will be a quick and easy read, meant to be something that can be read and enjoyed over and over again and passed down through the family. The book is recommended for children ages 3 and up.
I have done my research. You will not find another book for children that covers such a delicate and misunderstood topic--especially one written by a Soldier who deals with and understands PTSD.
When my daddy got back from the war, my whole family was happy to see him. I could tell something was wrong with daddy because he was quiet and his hands would shake for no reason. I don’t remember daddy’s hands shaking for no reason before he left.
Mama says that my daddy has PTSD. She says it causes daddy to be nervous and to do things without realizing it. She says he picked it up from the war.
I can tell the PTSD is bothering daddy. The other day he fell to his knees when he heard a car back fire. I heard it, too, but I didn't fall to my knees. Daddy looked very scared.
When we went to the commissary, daddy had to leave mama and me because he said that there were too many people around. Me and mama go to the commissary all the time. I never noticed there were too many people.
Daddy decided that he should go see a counselor, so mama and me went with him. The counselor told us that daddy would be okay, but that mama and me would have to do things to help daddy deal with his PTSD. I said that I would help daddy, because I love him.
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Stretch goal #1: If we exceed the $2,500 goal, everyone who contributes at the GIFT PAPERBACK level or above will receive a PDF copy of My Daddy Has PTSD for e-readers!
Stretch goal #2: If we exceed the $3,000 goal, everyone who contributes at the GIFT PAPERBACK level or above will receive a high-resolution desktop wallpaper bundle!
Stretch goal #3: If we exceed the $4,000 goal, everyone who contributes at the MEET THE AUTHOR level or above will receive EIGHT additional hardback books! Additionally, everyone who contributes at the BOOK LOVER'S BUNDLE level or above will receive ONE added paperback copy of "Becoming PVT Harmon" to their package!
Stretch goal #4: Coming soon!
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A little bit about me...
My name is Casey Sean Harmon. I am a bestselling author and an active duty SGT in the U.S. Army. I spent seven years on a Unit Ministry Team in the Army, where I gained hands-on knowledge and experience with PTSD and other common issues that Soldiers and family members face. In 2010, following my deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, I started showing signs of PTSD. It wasn't until three years later, after I was admitted into the hospital for severe panic attacks, that I was diagnosed with PTSD. (If you have questions about anything, please feel free to message me.)
I have a degree from American Military University, and am a certified Army Equal Opportunity and Suicide Intervention counselor. I am an alumni at the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as a proud member of the VA's Vocational Rehabilitation program. Over the years I have written and published four books, three of which are Amazon.com bestsellers. I am currently stationed with my wife and son in Fayetteville, NC.
My published books include (these are also bonus items):
Becoming PVT Harmon, Amazon Kindle Publishing, 2013
The Everafter Chronicles: Reign of the Night Creatures, Tate Publishing, 2013
The Earth is a Floating Sphere, Amazon Kindle Publishing, 2012
The Thousand Year Voyage, Innovo Publishing, 2009
(To learn more about me, please visit my website.)
Note: This book and campaign is of independent doings and is in no manner affiliated with or endorsed by the United States Army.
So what exactly is PTSD?
"PTSD, or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood." (Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs)
How does PTSD affect children?
Military and veteran families are at risk of developing secondary PTSD. Children in these families are exposed to stress levels that could be considered toxic according to The American Academy of Pediatrics. The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress notes that, “Military children experience unique challenges related to military life and culture. These include deployment-related stressors and reintegration.” Military children live with the constant fear of losing a parent, parental separation, moving and making new friends, all while living in a household with one often overloaded parent holding down the fort. The dynamics of welcoming a returning parent that has been injured physically or mentally is real. Children often mimic behaviors of a returning parent with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Even an at home parent struggling with anxiety can have a significant impact on their children’s wellbeing. Managing stress as a family needs to be a high priority. (Source: FamilyOfAVet.com.)
Communication is key when it comes to helping families cope with PTSD. It's important that we open up to our children so that they understand that what we as PTSD sufferers go through is not their fault--it's the PTSD. Let's take a stand. Together. Here. Now.
Here are a few illustrations from the group who will be illustrating My Daddy Has PTSD:
Below are visuals of the packages you can choose from. Remember that everyone who contributes at the GIFT PAPERBACK level or above will also receive any stretch goals we meet.
Risks and challenges
I hope to accomplish two things with this campaign: To rally enough support through various military and civilian communities to ensure that "My Daddy Has PTSD" makes it into as many hands as possible, and to raise enough funds to cover a nation-wide book tour. We are still in the beginning stages of production; illustrations still need to be drawn, books still need to be printed, and distributors still need to be contacted. The goal is to have the book published and available to the public by August 2014, but it could take as long as January 2015. After the production stage is complete and the book is published the focus will shift to conducting a book tour. The estimated minimum cost will be $2,000.00; this will provide enough funds to cover a localized book tour. However, the more funds we are able to raise, the more we will be able to do. Ideally, I would like to see this campaign raise at least $10,000.00--that would fund a much larger, nation-wide book tour. Please see the breakdown below:
$2,000.00 (minimum goal) will pay for a local tour (4 or 5 vendors).
$4,000.00 will pay for a state-wide tour (8 or 10 vendors).
$6,000.00 will pay for a multiple state tour (12 or 15 vendors).
$8,000.00 will pay for a multiple state tour (16 or 20 vendors).
$10,000.00+ (target goal) will pay for a nation-wide tour.
The funds will cover travel costs (fuel, airline tickets, vehicle rentals), lodging, and material.
Please join me as I take on this project. Whether you are a Soldier, family member, supporter of Soldiers, or simply someone who wants to help troops, by supporting this project you will be reaching out to the millions of families across America who could use a book like this.
If you know someone who could benefit from "My Daddy Has PTSD," please be sure to direct them to this site. Also, be sure to share this event on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, and any other means. The key to success is word of mouth...so let's start talking!
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