The collection of testimonies you are going to read contains the real stories that were written and submitted by each of the courageous men and women. Some are ordinary people who experienced extraordinary traumas and loss. Others are stories of veterans who served in conflicts from Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The common denominator in these testimonies is trauma which does not distinguish between military or civilian. Many of the stories describe thoughts of doing personal harm or harm to others. They describe their struggles with alcohol and drugs and drawing into cocoons of solitude. The common link in each story is endurance and survival and how they returned to a less tumultuous and difficult existence. Resources are in the book to aid veterans, families, caregivers, spouses, and others suffering from the effects of trauma in ways to get help. It is our greatest wish that this book will provide hope to endure for those who are suffering. Use this as your guidebook to help overcome your stressors.