Service to Civilian

A Journey Through PTSD

Non-Fiction - Memoir
124 Pages
Reviewed on 09/03/2021
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Author Biography

Nathan Gould is a veteran of the United States Army, a retired police officer, a stay-at-home dad, and an author. An Iraq War veteran, he retired from policing after having a PTSD episode while on duty. He has written poetry and short stories from a young age and has self-published two children's books: Mr. Mom's 1st day of School and A Mole Named Cole Dug a Hole. Nathan loves Jesus, chess, CrossFit, a steaming mug of coffee, and making foot-in-his-mouth sarcastic remarks. He spends his days loving his three kids and wife in the great state of North Carolina with their boxer-pit mix, Cookie.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite

What is it like to see active service in the army? What is it like to see duty in Iraq? What is it like to return home without a plan for the future? How do you feel when you consider suicide? What is it like to be a law enforcement officer? What is it like to develop PTSD? How does one overcome all these obstacles to living an abundant life? Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with Nathan Gould in Service to Civilian and you will see. Sgt. Gould has experienced each of these events and survived. He shares his story to encourage and aid all those who have served in the military. Unfortunately, statistics tell us that roughly 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Sgt. Gould wants veterans to walk the road to recovery with him. He is an experienced guide leading others to safety. He is also a Christian and shares the help which God provided to him during tough times.

Nathan Gould has written a memoir with a purpose and compassion and concern. In Service to Civilian, Gould shares his experiences in the military and as a law enforcement officer. What he witnessed in Iraq caused him to develop PTSD. Gould had no one to turn to until forced to do so. He wants to help his brothers-in-arms avoid the pain he suffered. Gould does not want any family to have to face the results of suicide. Even though it was hard to write about his experiences, he does so with grace and concern. His writing is straight and to the point while being compassionate and understanding. He opens his deep heart secrets and shares what most men—especially military men and women—dare not admit. He provides resources at the back of the book. This book is a must-read for anyone who is or has a family member who is a veteran.