Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD Book Review

Jason Kander is many things: a politician, a veteran, a published author, and a family man. He was also living with PTSD after serving his country.

Kander’s new memoir, Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD, was published earlier this month. Back in 2017, Kander’s political future was bright. He was running for mayor in his hometown of Kansas City. All signs pointed to an easy victory. There were even whispers of him as a possible candidate in the 2020 Presidential election.

Then everything stopped. After being home from Afghanistan for more than a decade, he suddenly became depressed and suicidal. This deeply felt and dark memoir is the story of how the darkness nearly claimed him and the difficult task of recovery that he underwent to heal.

His story is personal, heartfelt, and a reminder that mental health is health. Just because the scars are not visible to the naked eye does not mean that the person is not suffering. What I was impressed by was how brutally honest Kander was about the experience. He also was very vocal about the fact that our veterans are not being given the medical care that is owed to them. They gave up almost everything for this country, the least we can do is ensure that they are as physically and mentally healthy as possible.

My favorite part of the book was the interjections by Kander’s wife, Diana. It shows that this disease does not only affect the person, it affects everyone they love. Mental illness requires a team effort to live with and/or overcome.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD is available wherever books are sold.

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Outside the Wire: Ten Lessons I’ve Learned in Everyday Courage Book Review

As a young man, politician Jason Kander joined the military. His experience while in the military prepared him for a career in politics as only time in the military can.

Earlier this year, he published his new book,¬†Outside the Wire: Ten Lessons I’ve Learned in Everyday Courage.

Using both his career in politics and the life lessons he learned while in the military, Kander compiled a list of lessons for those who are working for and praying that our modern American democracy remains as it has been for over 200 years.

I genuinely liked this book. Mr. Kander is just the type of politician that we need in American these days. He brings real world experience, an honest drive to better our country and is not willing to play the b*llshit political games that many in power play.

I recommend it.

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