A Story of War and the Life That Follows – July 10, 2012
“Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. Days and nights he and his team—his brothers—would venture forth in heavily armed convoys from their Forward Operating Base to engage in the nerve-racking yet strangely exhilarating work of either disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices that had been discovered, or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late. They relied on an army of remote-controlled cameras and robots, but if that technology failed, a technician would have to don the eighty-pound Kevlar suit, take the Long Walk up to the bomb, and disarm it by hand. This lethal game of cat and mouse was, and continues to be, the real war within America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan…”
In this book, Brian also shares with the reader is inner battles after the war is over.
When he returned home to his wife and family, he battles with a serious case of severe Post-Traumatic Illness that he refers to as “the Crazy”. The author brings to the reader a very realistic picture of what this illness feels like. As he struggles, being a father and a husband, memories are haunting and change his world. We have heard of PTSD, but this account will bring you closer to understanding and compassion to a soldier’s walk.