The Aftermath of Horror: A Lieutenant’s Story of Her Struggle to Overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Denver, CO, August 12, 2007 --( On October 23, 1983, two hundred forty-one Marines were killed in their sleep in the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Lt. Bonnie J. Tierney was the Mass Casualty Officer at Rhein Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany, assigned to identify and process the decaying body parts. For 30 days, she did her duty. Then for the next twenty years, she suffered from depression, nightmares, panic attacks, and thoughts of suicide—until she was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Locked in Time offers a vivid portrait of one who, like so many veterans, is not able to leave behind the atrocities of war, whose mind burns with dreadful, noxious memories that have prevented her from living a normal life. Through Locked in Time, author Bonnie Tierney describes her early years of growing up poor in a dysfunctional family, her relationship struggles, her challenges as a woman in the military, the devastating effects of the marine killings that forever altered her life, and her hopes and dreams for the future of America.

“I’ve written this book in hopes of helping my military brothers and sisters with their own struggle to live with this illness,” Tierney says. “I chose to call my book Locked in Time for a reason. Once you get into the tunnel it’s hard to come out and once you’re out, it’s a scary world.” Her message to other suffering vets: “PTSD is a silent killer and you can’t ‘go it alone.’ If you think something is wrong, it probably is. Seek professional help—the longer you wait, the more isolated you become.”

All royalties from the sales of Locked in Time will be donated to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, Colorado, to care for veterans suffering from PTSD.

“I still remember and always will.”

ISBN(s): 1432707262 Format(s): 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback SRP: US $14.95/CAN $18.95
Genre: Self-Help

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Author Bonnie J. Tierney served on active duty with the United States Air Force, both in the enlisted and officer ranks, from 1973 until 1992. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. She is a disabled veteran and is currently serving as the Facilities Management Administrative Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, Colorado. Tierney’s son, Staff Sergeant Jason Paul Caceres, is currently serving in Iraq.


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