From Baghdad to America: Life after War for a Marine and His Rescued Dog

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Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman won the hearts of readers everywhere with his moving story of adopting an abandoned puppy named Lava from a hellish corner of Iraq. He opened the door for other soldiers to bring dogs home, and in From Baghdad to America, Kopelman once again leads the pack with his observations on the emotional repercussions of war.

Here, for the first time, Kopelman holds nothing back as he responds to the question, Why did you save a dog instead of a person?” The answer reveals much about his inner demons and about the bigger picture of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He talks about what it’s like to return to the States and examines the shocking statistics to come out of Iraq: Depression, suicide, alcohol abuse, and broken relationships are at record highs for the men and women who serve there. Kopelman credits Lava with helping him to endure combat and the pain of war, as well as helping him deal with the surprising difficulties of returning to everyday life. Civilians have a hard time understanding what being a Marine means, and the adjustment to living among them is hard for these soldiers. This book attempts to shed light on that for all readers.

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Jay Kopelman, a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel who served in combat in Iraq, is the author of the New York Times and international bestselling memoir From Baghdad, With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava. Since retiring, Jay has become an advocate for veterans and their numerous causes. He currently serves as the executive director of the non-profit agency Freedom Is Not Free. He lives with his family in La Jolla, California.

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Colonel Kopelman doesn't make it easy to follow his story. Like a butterfly in a flower field, he flits around, lighting on many places and times in his life without lingering. His memories of fighting in Iraq are mixed with descriptions of the stress of returning to U.S. society and of his love for Lava, a dog he smuggled back with him. Narrator Christopher Lane does nothing to distinguish the randomly placed letters to the author regarding his previous book--FROM BAGHDAD, WITH LOVE--making it difficult to tell where they begin and end. He does, however, portray to perfection an ex-Marine whose writing admits to anger, hostility, and personality damage resulting from his combat experiences. Lane creates a veteran characterized by chaotic thinking and disturbing unrest. J.A.H. AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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