Iraq veteran, Boone Cutler, writes book about Sadr City

Rich Linton

Boone Cutler served in Iraq with the U.S. Army in 2005-2006 with a Tactical Psychological Operations team.  By his own admission, he is surprised that he is still alive.  He served in the slums of Sadr City, Iraq, his team studied and fought against Muqtada al Sadr’s army of Mehdi Militia, often face to face, according to Cutler.

His book, VOODOO IN SADR CITY, was written in the moment, day-by-day, while he was on the ground.  Cutler started the book in Iraq; it was later finished while he was a patient for two years at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  He chronicles the life of what he calls the “American Warfighter” in combat and their return home after being injured.

Cutler was the guest speaker at the Corona Norco Republican Women’s group dinner, on Tuesday evening, where he also autographed his book.

If the book reads harshly, the author agrees.  “I may sound pissed most of the time,” said Cutler.   He declares he is attempting to get the message out about the issues veterans face when they return home. “There are 18 veteran suicide deaths daily. They train us to go to battle but there is very little about PTSD, and what it will be like when we return home,” says Cutler.

Cutler has launched an initiative to help all people deal with the rehabilitation process and PTSD.  This new program is called the “Warfighter Symposium.”

The first “Warfighter Symposium” was held at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia on November 13.   “The purpose of the Warfighter Symposium is to provide an interactive forum to anyone who has ever stood behind or in front of a gun to protect America,” said Cutler.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

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