Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Book Review- From A Soldier's Perspective


From a Soldier's Perspective

by Michael Lee Womack

As soldiers who have just returned from war, we fight a separate war daily in an attempt to leave the war behind. Many soldiers, just like myself, come home from war only to fight a separate internal battle, with debilitating illnesses such as post traumatic stress disorder (Ptsd) and depression. It was important for me to share my story not only for myself but for those who have fought, for those who have fallen, and for those who continue to wage war in order for the United States of America to continue to remain free. The price of freedom is not free. War is chaos, and many soldiers bear the scars from it for the rest of our lives.



 I'm Just Going Beserk

It's like my head is on a swivel,
      And I'm on high alert
Except there's no war around me
       I'm just going berserk.

        No parades for me
         No fourth of July
     Living life day by day
 I'm just trying to get by.
The only thing that I can trust
Is the higher power; so high in the 
                  sky.

I'm always feeling as if someone is
           out to get me
      Making movements,
And decisions very quickly.
    I'm just like a scarecrow
I'm just looking for my brain.
The nightmares that I once lived,
      Often drive me insane.
It's like my head is on a swivel,
       And I'm on high alert,
Except there's no war around me,
       I'm just going berserk.

                                                My Review:

     From a Soldier's Perspective is a short read of poems. Thank You Michael Lee Womack for allowing me a chance to have a glimpse into your soul. There were poems that tugged at my heart and some that had me shedding a few tears. I may not have a clue about the life of a soldier, but your words opened a window for me to understand a soldier's struggle with PTSD. 

                                            About The Author:

Michael Lee Womack
                         On the seventeenth day of February 1987, Author and Poet Michael Lee Womack was born in the small town of Sanford, North Carolina. While coming up through elementary school, middle school, and high school Mr. Womack was extremely shy. Michael Lee Womack was extremely shy, but he had a love for the ladies. His love for the ladies would eventually give birth to his love for poetry. Whenever he was in middle school and high school he was specifically known for writing poems for every beautiful woman that he was too shy to speak to. In the summer of 2005, North Carolina Author & Poet "Michael Lee Womack" graduated from "Lee Senior High School". Approximately one month later from reaching this landmark in his life, this young man became a part of something bigger than anything that he had ever been a part of at this time of his life, the "United States Army". He enlisted into the United States Army on the 30th of June 2005. From there, he would embark on a journey unlike any other. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky so that he could serve his country as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout. Upon the completion of his training at Fort Knox, Kentucky the United States Army assigned him to the 3rd Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division. In the years of 2006- 2007 he would deploy as a "Calvary Scout" with 3rd Squardron 4th U.S. Calvary Regiment located out of the Pacific Island of "Hawaii,". In the year of 2008 this hard working soldier was ready to move on to another duty station. His next landing spot in the army would once again be Fort Knox, Kentucky. While there he would spend the next year of his life in the 1st Squadron, 16th U.S. Cavalry working as the OPFOR that assisted in the training of freshly new army lieutenants. After spending the first three years of his army career serving honorably as a "Calvary Scout" this trooper sought to learn another skill. The great southern state of "Georgia" would soon be his next home as he continued his journey onto the home of the "United States Army Signal Corps" , also known as "Fort Gordon". It would be there in which he would learn the skills required to be a "25 Sierra" "Satellite Communication Systems Operator/Maintainer". After obtaining the knowledge required to carry out the duties of his new occupation he would continue to "soldier on" to "Fort Stewart, Georgia" home of the 3rd Infantry Division. As soon as he made way to his new Army family, "Charlie Company 4-3 BSTB" he deployed with them to Ramadi, Iraq in support of "Operation New Dawn" from the summer of 2010 to the summer of 2011. Three years after that he would see his army career come to a close, and on the 27th of May 2014 he was medically retired from the military. Upon his departure from the military Mr. Womack would have problems adjusting to civilian life, however, his first love, a.k.a. "poetry" saved him. Through your reading of his newest published book, "From A Soldier's Perspective" he hopes that you gain much insight from it on what life was like for him as a soldier, as well as what life has been like for him as a veteran.

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