A STORY OF HOPE
“For those suffering from PTSD and the loss of identity that comes with it. For those who want to shift from suffering to living with PTSD and step out on the journey of coming to terms with finding their new identity. A story about a man who submitted to God’s will and found him-self stumbling upon spiritual enlightenment. A story about a wife of a serviceman who deals with all the challenges of a growing family at home and then having to deal with the consequences of a traumatised loved one coming back from the war zone. This story is told from both perspectives of a married serviceman in the Australian Army. Who or what makes a great serviceman? Understanding his love for adventure and loyalty to his country. Who can deal with this kind of relationship? The viewpoint of Andy and Zoe his beloved wife, their journey through the dark times, the fears and challenges that are very real for a couple and a family dealing with the stresses of war in Afghanistan and the different kind of war zone at home, that creates significant challenges in the lives of people who protect our country and what we stand for as a nation.”
About the Authors:
Andy is a veteran of 17 years service in the Australian Army. Retiring as a Major in 2012 having served 6 years as a soldier in the Royal Australian Infantry (RAINF) and later as an Officer in the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) focusing much of his career in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). He was awarded the COMMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE for operations in Afghanistan. Zoe grew up in the tranquil hills of Byron Bay living in a mud brick home built by her parents. She has a passion for life, family and travel and after university married into the Army, her own career taking a back seat to Andy’s life as a Military Officer.
Andy was diagnosed with PTSD following multiple deployments to Afghanistan. Zoe was forced into the position of sole parent of their four young children. Andy’s condition worsened while he battled with a loss of identity and purpose following his retirement from the Army. He eventually ended up in a mental hospital falling into a dark depression that very nearly cost him his life leaving Zoe to pick up the pieces of the broken family.
Together they fought their way through the many challenges living with PTSD brings. Resurrected gives a unique insight into the realities of war and its effects on marriage and family. Told from the perspectives of both veteran and wife.
Andy and Zoe are Ambassadors for Mates4Mates, proudly supporting Defence Force injured and their families. They now facilitate the REBOOT Combat Recovery Course in Australia, It’s a 12 week course that provides practical help for service members, first responders and their families, addressing the moral and spiritual wounds of combat for both the veteran and the family that were fighting a battle of a different kind at home.
“I applaud Andy and Zoe for speaking so honestly about their struggles and for helping other Australians understand the human cost of the duty rendered in their name by the extraordinary men and women of our Defence Force.” John Cantwell