Love Our Vets by Welby O’Brien | Blog Tour and a Caregiver Comfort Pack Giveaway

Do you have a loved one who has seen war and has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at some level? More than likely you who love your veteran will also be deeply and profoundly affected, which is why Welby O’Brien wrote Love Our Vets, a resource for restoring hope for families of veterans with PTSD. Sharing as a counselor and from her personal experience of living with a 100% disabled veteran with PTSD, Welby O’Brien gives hope, encouragement, and practical help for families and loved ones who are caught in the wake of the trauma. Love Our Vets answers more than 60 heartfelt questions, providing down-to-earth wisdom and much-needed tips for taking care of yourself.

Take some time to care for yourself as the caregiver by entering to win a prize pack from Welby full of items to help you relax and de-stress.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Love Our Vets
  • A picture frame to remind yourself to pray for your vet and the other veterans
  • A wooden card to send to your vet to let him or her know you’re thankful for his or her service
  • A water bottle to help keep you healthy and in prayer
  • A set of journals to help you walk through Love Our Vets
  • A relaxing candle to melt away stress

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on October 17. The winner will be announced October 18 on the Litfuse blog.

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{More about Love Our Vets}

Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD (Deep River Books, April 2015)

Chances are that if your loved one has seen war, he or she has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at some level, and you who love your veteran will also be deeply and profoundly affected.

Finally, the cries and needs of the loved ones have been addressed in this comprehensive, practical book, now newly updated in its second edition!

Love Our Vets answers more than 60 heartfelt questions, providing down-to-earth wisdom and much-needed tips for taking care of yourself. Sharing as a counselor and from her personal experience of living with a 100% disabled veteran with PTSD, Welby O’Brien gives hope, encouragement, and practical help for families and loved ones who are caught in the wake of the trauma. This book addresses a broad spectrum of issues and concerns and offers realistic wisdom from a wide variety of individuals who share from real hearts and lives.

Now newly revised and updated with additional material, the second edition of Love Our Vets continues to be enthusiastically welcomed by VA and other counselors. This is not just another book about PTSD; rather, it is a tremendous resource for families and loved ones who struggle heroically along with their vets to face the day-to-day challenges.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Welby O'Brien

{More About Welby O’Brien}

Welby O’Brien holds a Masters Degree in counseling (Portland State University) and a teaching degree (Biola University). Author of “Formerly A Wife,” and “Good-bye for Now” (Wingspread); contributing author, “Shepherding Women in Pain” (Moody Press), and “Chicken Soup for the Soul, Divorce and Recovery.” Founder of Love Our Vets support network; wife of veteran with PTSD.

Find out more about Welby at http://welbyo.com.

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Restoring hope for families of veterans with PTSD

Welby O’Brien offers practical wisdom for families facing the daily challenges of PTSD

8/24/2016 || Seattle: Affecting millions in the U.S. alone, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is rampant and escalating at an alarming rate. For the sufferer facing this disorder, life is fraught with stress, anxiety, difficulties and heartache. However, for every one person struggling with PTSD, there are many more friends and family members who are also deeply and profoundly impacted. Author Welby O’Brien offers help and hope to families of PTSD sufferers in Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD (Deep River Books/2nd edition/ISBN: 9781940269597/$15.97).

Misconceptions and stigmas abound — many people believe PTSD is “all in their head,” or have misinformation regarding the seriousness of the condition. However, Love Our Vets reveals anyone who has been involved in a traumatic event can be affected by the disorder, and if someone has seen war, he or she probably has some level of PTSD. While others may not have PTSD themselves, if they are living with someone who does, they are, in fact, suffering from it as well.

Now families have a comprehensive, practical book solely dedicated to addressing their specific needs. As a counselor and wife of a 100% disabled veteran with PTSD, O’Brien offers hope, encouragement and practical help for families and loved ones caught in the wake of the trauma. Love Our Vets addresses a broad spectrum of issues and concerns while offering realistic wisdom from a wide variety of individuals who share their hearts from experience. Readers will find answers to more than 60 heartfelt questions, such as:

  • What about his or her constant negativity?
  • How can I get friends and family to understand?
  • When does my compassion and big heart help, and when does it do damage?
  • How much do we tell our kids, and what can we say to help them?
  • As parents of a veteran, when should we take action, and when should we back off?

Written from a Christian perspective, Love Our Vets addresses a broad spectrum of issues and concerns while purposely not including scripture references or overtly religious language many who struggle with PTSD try to avoid. In doing so, O’Brien explains that it allows the book to be utilized by the VA and veteran organizations. At the same time, the book invites readers to explore further at www.loveourvets.org, which offers a wealth of faith-based resources.

In addition to addressing commonly asked questions, Love Our Vets also provides much-needed tips for caregivers on taking care of themselves and reflections of those who have walked the same road. Not just another book about PTSD, this updated second edition of Love Our Vets is a tremendous resource for those who struggle heroically alongside their vets to face the day-to-day challenges and victories of life.

Learn more about more about Love Our Vets and Welby O’Brien at www.LoveOurVets.org or on Facebook (LoveOurVetsPtsdFamilySupport).

Advance Praise

“This is the best book on PTSD and vets I’ve ever read. Anyone who works with vets or is related to a vet needs this book. You won’t regret it. Welby O’Brien is honest, insightful and incredibly compassionate. Gutsy and sensitive. Absolutely fantastic!” 

~ Dr. Steve Stephens, Ph.D., counselor, professor, author

“This is by far the BEST book on the market for individuals, spouses and families dealing with PTSD!”

~ Jerry Paulsen, Veteran and CEO of Operation Horses and Heroes

About the Author

Welby O’Brien has a master’s degree in counseling from Portland State University and a teaching degree from Biola University. She has been featured as a guest speaker across the country and interviewed on radio and TV. Welby initiated and continues to facilitate the national support network known as Love Our Vets — PTSD Family Support.

O’Brien has authored several books, including Formerly a Wife and Good–bye for Now, as well as contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul and Shepherding Women in Pain. As the wife of a veteran who suffers from PTSD, O’Brien stumbled alone in the dark for years, desperate for
guidance and support. Through her latest book, Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD, she shares the lifelines of hope that helped her in her own journey with PTSD.

O’Brien is crazy about her husband, who is a 100% disabled veteran. They live in Portland, Oregon, and together find fulfillment as they face the daily challenges of PTSD.

Keep up with Welby O’Brien at www.LoveOurVets.org and on Facebook (LoveOurVetsPtsdFamilySupport).

Suggested interview questions

—We hear a lot about post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) but may not really understand what it is and how it affects those who have it. Can you help us grasp a basic understanding of what PTSD is?

—How many people suffer from PTSD? In Love Our Vets, you explain that PTSD can affect anyone, not just veterans. Who is at risk for it?

—Love Our Vets is a book written for families of veterans with PTSD. Explain what you mean by, “You may not have PTSD, but if you are living with someone who does, you are suffering from it as well”?

—Although you are a Christian and wrote the book from that perspective, readers will not find scripture references in Love Our Vets. Can you share more about why you approached the book that way?

—What faith-based resources will readers be able to find on your website, www.LoveOurVets.org?

—If others are concerned their friend or family member may have PTSD, what symptoms should they watch for? How should they approach their loved one in order to help him or her?

—Your book, Love Our Vets, is divided into three parts: reaffirm, replenish and reflect. Can you tell us more about how the book is set up?

—What are some of the most frequently asked questions about PTSD you answer in the “reaffirm” section of the book?

—How do patriotic holidays such as Fourth of July and Veterans’ Day affect those with PTSD?

—Why did you dedicate a third of Love Our Vets to self-care for the caregiver?

—How can people help change the stigma surrounding PTSD?

—There is no cure for PTSD, but what can be done to ease the symptoms?

—In what ways has the faith of both you and your husband made a difference in how you’ve handled, or been able to handle, living with PTSD?

—You have started a national support group for the loved ones of those with PTSD. Tell us about the PTSD Family Support Network and how families can get connected?

To request a review copy of Love Our Vets, to schedule an interview with Welby O’Brien, or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Buzz

“This is the best book on PTSD and vets I’ve ever read. Anyone who works with vets or is related to a vet needs this book. You won’t regret it. Welby O’Brien is honest, insightful and incredibly compassionate. Gutsy and sensitive. Absolutely fantastic!” —Dr. Steve Stephens, Ph.D., counselor, professor, author

“This is by far the BEST book on the market for individuals, spouses and families dealing with PTSD!” —Jerry Paulsen, Veteran and CEO of Operation Horses and Heroes

Reviews

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    There are so many vets that struggle with PTSD, and without proper counseling, it is extremely hard for families and vets to cope with a diagnosis. Actually, many times, vets are not properly diagnosed, which is even worse. This book is incredible because it goes through three different aspects of living with someone who has PTSD – “reaffirm” which is a section of discussion questions, “replenish” which talks about how to take care of yourself, and “reflect” which tells real-life wisdom that has been taken from people actually in these scenarios. All three of these parts are so important.

    Written by The Talbert Report on November 17, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    Although I think that this would be a great resource for those who have spouses, sons, or daughters with PTSD. This mainly applies to those who have been in a war zone or experienced militaristic measures first hand than those who come by PTSD in a different way. I found the stories interesting and informative. There were a few in this book that I didn’t quite believe or think had the best advice. My favorite part was the first portion of the book that dealt with explaining what PTSD was and the experiences that many with PTSD have. I found the advice in this section good. I always like and appreciate firsthand experince, so the latter portions of the book were definitely intriguing. After reading this book, I can see why the disorder is hard to pin down into an exact group of symptoms and why people often do not realize their loved one is experiencing it.

    Written by http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.com/2016/10/love-our-vets-restoring-hope-for.html on October 29, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    If you love someone with PTSD I highly recommend this book. It is geared mostly toward spouses but you can gain something from it even if you are another family member. It is setup by questions, rather than chapters which makes it an easy reference to thumb through and get the information or help/advice that you might be seeking most at any given moment. As caregivers, we often place the needs of everyone else ahead of our own and this book also reminds us that we need to put on our own oxygen mask in order to be at our best for those we care for.

    Written by Living Our Incredible Dash on October 20, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    Love Our Vets is a very good book. I loved the message and hope included in this book. As a person with many people serving this book hit close to home for me. PTSD is such an issue today with so many people coming back from war, injured mentally as well as physically.

    Written by The Young Girl Who Loved Books on October 20, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    Love Our Vets is a very good book. I loved the message and hope included in this book. As a person with many people serving this book hit close to home for me. PTSD is such an issue today with so many people coming back from war, injured mentally as well as physically. PTSD is not always talked about as much as it should be.

    Written by The Young Girl Who Loved Books on October 20, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    I am really glad that there is a book out there for families that have loved ones with PTSD. This book will help you understand what they are going through.
    This is a must have book if you have a loved vet in your family that has PSTD. It is very helpful

    Written by Books,Dreams,Life on October 18, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    Love Our Vets by Welby O’Brien is a wonderful resource for those that have PTSD or

    Written by cherylbbookblog on October 17, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    While I do not have any family members who live with PTSD, I do have some friends who live with it. Because of that, I wanted to read this book and then determine if I should buy a copy for them, too. My answer is ABSOLUTELY!! I myself gained so much insight, understanding, compassion, clarity, wisdom and very aware of the importance of love and grace by reading this book. I truly believe if a broader range of people read Love Our Vets, our society would have a whole new outlook on what PTSD is and how we respond to those who have it. And those who have PTSD would not feel as isolated!

    Written by Rockin’ My Mom Jeans on October 17, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    What an eye opening book! This is such a humbling and hard to read book, but such an awesome resource at the same time. This book speaks from the authors own experience with dealing with PTSD in her husband and with her background in counseling this book is a great resource for the loved ones of those dealing with PTSD. It really stresses how patience is the key and it is so insightful with how to lovingly deal with the many issues that come with a loved one struggling with PTSD. This book is yet another reminder for me of the many sacrifices that our veterans have made for us and makes me prayerfully support them and their families.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on October 17, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    I find this to be a very useful resource for those who have loved ones suffering from PTSD. It is good to remember that it’s not only the one struggling with PTSD who is affected; the veteran’s family also suffers. This book will assist the veteran’s spouse care for herself, while supporting her husband. I can see how these suggestions would help in other traumatic situations, as well.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on October 17, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    I learned more through this book about how triggers from PTSD that people get after they have been through a war experience can affect their daily lives and the lives of their loved ones, and that they are usually completely random. People need to pay attention to their loved one’s “anniversaries” that trigger PTSD so they can be better prepared for something that triggers it. I was reminded that people need to be aware that holidays that are happy to a lot of people often cause unhappy triggers in people with PTSD, such as Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

    Written by Book Review Travels on October 9, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    When you are going through a stressful situation it is nice to have someone to talk to. Be a good listener and not try to fix them. I loved when the author said, God never intended us to be alone.” The book is filled with insights that is helpful and suggests that “patience is a big key to living with someone with PTSD.” Overall the book is detailed and I loved how people who deal with PTSD on a daily basis shared their stories. Lets help our vets and those who take care of them.

    Written by Texas Book-aholic on October 9, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    This book is a must for any military family! It is such a practical and valuable resource, I can’t imagine not owning this book. It is an easy read, but it is essential in asking the hard questions that we may not want to face as caregivers, spouses or family members with those who have dealt with trauma. Pick up a copy, you won’t be disappointed!

    Written by Running Through The Storms on October 7, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    If you have a veteran in your life with PTSD, I highly recommend this book. It’s mostly geared towards spouses, but anyone could benefit from it. It’s set up not in chapters, but in questions. It’s easy to quickly find the answer to what you are asking. As caregivers, we many times put ourselves behind the needs of others. The book also goes into how to take care and stand up for ourselves when necessary. Something I’m sure we can all do more of.

    Written by Ramblings of a Marine Wife on October 5, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN

    Welby writes from the heart for families of veterans with PTSD. With an extensive background in counseling and a veteran husband with PTSD, she offers comfort, encouragement, practical help and hope for those who may otherwise feel like they’re grieving for a person who is still right beside them. Love Our Vets is unapologetically open and honest, with real-life scenarios and realistic solutions for dealing with a seemingly hopeless future. Although this book is geared particularly for spouses, I highly recommend it for anyone who has a loved one with PTSD.

    Written by Away With Her Words on October 5, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ AND GIVEAWAY

    So for those that live, or have lived with someone who has/had PTSD I urge you to get this book, to look up the links I have added through the info I have posted, and don’t be afraid to ask for help, someone to talk to.Almost forgot to tell you in the back of the book there are prayers for each day, and poems as well. Again this was a VERY helpful book, made me re look at some things and I would like to Thank you Welby and Dr. suzanne for a very well written book.

    Written by this moms reviews and more on October 4, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_your_reviews&sort_by=MostRecentReview

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ WITH PTSD

    It is practical book and not a light and easy read. It deals with a hard subject. I would recommend this book for anyone with a friend, neighbor, or loved one who suffers from PTSD.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on September 29, 2016

  • ‘LOVE OUR VETS’ BY WELBY O’BRIEN GIVEAWAY

    So many of our vets are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. O’Brien is married to a vet with PTSD. She gives great encouragement and practical ideas for those in relationship with one experiencing PTSD. She draws from her own experience and that of others and tells many stories. That helps readers know they are not alone. O’Brien says one may always have to walk on egg shells, in a sense, but encourages readers to still continue living and being who they are.

    Written by Book Reviews From an Avid Reader on September 29, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RWWJP360E0I6Z/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1937756645