Palgrave, November 2010
They were once known by the famous moniker, “Band of Brothers.” Now, 60 years later, the notorious army unit from Fort Carson, Colorado calls themselves the “Lethal Warriors,” having seen the worst of the violence in Iraq. Many of its members are plagued by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and some, misdiagnosed or untreated since returning from war, embarked on drug-fuelled crime sprees, some of which resulted in murder. Here, David Philipps applies his piercing insight and relentless investigative skills not only to this particular unit, but to the broader issue of PTSD as it rages throughout the country. He highlights the inspiring story of General Mark Graham, a former commander at Fort Carson and one of the few officers who had the vision and guts to recognize PTSD as a growing problem with soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and to do something about it. Graham has opened his doors to the community for help, speaking candidly about the issue and offering a potential lifeline to the soldiers, and a solution to this deadly problem.
"David Philipps' Lethal Warriors is a must read for every American. In compelling and heart-healing stories, he tells the story of the other war -- the one at home."
"When the war started, almost a decade ago, we were told we had to fight it in Iraq and Afghanistan so that we wouldn't have to fight it at home. But as our soldiers return from battle, it has become increasingly clear that they are bringing the trauma of war to our doorstep. In exploring the creeping effects of PTSD and its heart wrenching consequences on our veterans, and on our society at large, Philipps' book is a clarion call to both support our troops and to think twice when assessing the true costs of war."
"A searing exposé that might make readers wonder how Army commanders and civilian warmongers sleep at night given the disgraceful handling of traumatized veterans who fought in Iraq.”
"If you are a leader of soldiers or if you have a soldier in your life, Lethal Warriors is an essential first step in your education on the effects of combat stress....Philipps' depictions of the toll the war takes on these suffering soldiers are often moving, and his prose is strong."
PBS' Regarding War Blog
"Even for the survivors of close combat, the emotional impact can be devastating. David Phillips' heartbreaking book is a detailed and tragic record of this impact, and the Army's and society's struggles to deal with the consequences. Every American should read this book -- it is that significant for our Army, and for our country."
General Wesley K. Clark
"This important and compassionate book will save lives. I found myself weeping with sympathy and sadness for both the murderers and their victims, and boiling with anger at the chain of neglect and ignorance, within and outside of the military, that led to murders that could have been avoided. This book needs to be read by the families of every returning combat veteran. It needs to be read by professionals in mental health institutions, the military, departments of veterans’ affairs, and all leaders who care for the safety of their communities. It needs to be read by all of us who care about those who faithfully served those communities in war and returned forever changed."
Karl Marlantes, best-selling author of Matterhorn
"A startling and compelling human drama that exposes the raw truth: that the cause of PTSD lies not within the soldier who suffers it, but in the nature of war itself, and what we ask them to endure. David Philipps shows that 'supporting our troops' must mean far more than cheering them on in the field. This book is a must for anyone who cares about our soldiers, the lives of those they touch, and what kind of a country we aspire to be."
Richard North Patterson, best-selling author of Balance of Power and Exile
"A fascinating and long overdue account of the consequences of the Iraq war on the soldiers who fought it, their families and the wider community."
Tim Pritchard, author of Ambush Alley