Leon Forystek



A Hard pill to swallow 

Having been through boot camp, three deployments, 2 ex-fiancée’s, an ex-wife, and a current wife, you as a civilian, is what Veterans call you, have no idea what it feels like to be a Soldier. This book covers some of the basics as to what we, military veterans, endure during those times. It can range from pain, heartache, break-ups, sex, cheating, anxiety, stress, fatigue, thoughts of suicide, actual suicide, PTSD, and the touchy subjects as to what goes on during deployments and the aftermath of when Veterans return home. Knowing what your loved one goes through may help you support them better, love them more, and embrace them when they come home. This book is also for employers who employ veterans who are wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews serving this Great Nation. This book is even for officers and enlisted personnel who haven’t been deployed, who need to understand the mindset and hardships that we go through coming back from a deployment.  

It should help ease your mind and teach you how to overcome your fears, sadness, or anger that you may have towards your Soldier. I want you to walk with me, because some roads are harder to walk on than others. Some journeys are going to be hard, while others are going to be easy. Your loved one will change and it could be for the better or the worse, but I want you to join me on this journey so we can learn with each other and come back into the circle of trust. We need to know everything it takes to build that military mindset to be more understanding. If we do not understand, then we cannot help our veterans. It may sound cheesy, but war is no joke. I am not a therapist or a psychologist, but war can cause veterans to take their own life or someone else’s, that’s just a reality. So let’s take a short stroll on my journey and it may help you understand.