When night falls on another Veteran’s Day, when the left-over chicken waits in plastic tubs for a quick breakfast the next day, and the confetti is swept from the streets, and the flags are folded in tight triangles, when the holiday ends, most of us get on with our lives. But for those warriors who carried an M14 along a jungle trail, who patrolled the streets of Fallujah or Bagdad, who developed the skills to survive and return to us, for those combat-seasoned men, life does not exactly just go on.
My Life with a Wounded Warrior is the true story of the joys, challenges, and lessons of living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. This collection of deeply honest personal essays shares Pamela Foster’s twenty-five years of living with and loving a combat Marine, a veteran of Vietnam. With humor and love and respect, as well as with frustration and anger and sadness, Pamela Foster lifts the curtain on the true cost, the individual cost of war, and gives hope and joy and laughter to those who love their own wounded warrior.
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Adventures with my husband, his PTSD, and two enormous service dogs
Available soon from Pen-L Publishing
A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Freedom Dogs.
$13.97 – 194 pages in paperback
Mel Brooks claims that “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”
Mel Brooks would enjoy the heck out of Clueless Gringos in Paradise. Author Pamela Foster and her Vietnam Veteran husband, Jack, sell everything they own, pick up the leashes of two 150-pound service dogs, and emmigrate to the “tropical paradise” they expect to find in Panama. Jack is a former marine with raging PTSD, and the service dogs are mastiffs who are never further away than the end of a leash. The story takes readers through a hilarious and harrowing journey in airplanes, taxis, high-rise hotels, buses, boats, restaurants and cat-infested fish markets. Add a liberal dose of high anxiety – how could it not be hilarious?
AUTHOR INFO AND PHOTOS
Fayetteville author Pamela Foster is best known for her novels, Redneck Goddess and Bigfoot Blues. But on November 30th Pen-L Publishing will release her newest book, Clueless Gringos in Paradise – the humorous and true account of moving to the country of Panama with her husband and his two enormous PTSD service dogs, Chesty and Rocca. As a companion book, the author has also self-published a book of personal, deeply honest essays, My Life with a Wounded Warrior.
Foster says that writing is her escape and her joy and so for years she avoided the subject of war trauma.
“Hard enough to deal with it on a day-to-day basis,” she says about living with her Marine husband who stepped on a land mine in Vietnam. “Now though, for the first time, I want to share my experiences with other wives who love these heroes, these wounded warriors. Besides, I survive with humor and love and there’s not enough of either in the world.”
Clueless Gringos in Paradise is an honest, funny look at what happens when, in a desperate attempt to escape the ordinary gray world of PTSD, Foster and her husband immigrate to the tropics with two huge Cane Corso Mastiffs tethered to their wrists at all times. The dogs travel at their feet in the passenger section of the commercial airplane; on bumpy taxi rides; by their sides along busy city streets. Chesty and Rocca lie under restaurant tables, jump from floating piers to moving boats, and ride in glass elevators. Along the way the dogs encounter poison dart frogs, roaming hordes of cats, and ferocious buzzards.
“The entire experience was one impossible situation after another,” Foster says. “Thankfully, it was a few years ago and the trembling and shaking that recurs every time I think about the adventure is almost gone.”
There are lots of books out there that ploddingly examine Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and there are a few that take an honest, personal look at the symptoms. But, both Clueless Gringos in Paradise and My life with a Wounded Warrior lift the curtain and allow the reader to peek inside the marriage of two people who love one another through the pain, and laugh at the journey.
Foster says she learned early on in her marriage that she’d either be spending a lot of time crying or laughing. She choose laughter because, “crying makes my eyes puffy.”
CONTACT PAMELA: PamelaFoster2011@gmail.com
Other Books and Works:
- Perfect Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: High Hill Press; First edition (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606530445
- ISBN-13: 978-1606530443
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
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- Publisher: High Hill Press; October 2012
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606530569
- ISBN-13: 978-1-60653-056-6
- Pages: 292
- Price: $17.95