Why is Dad So Mad?
by Seth Kastle
Company First Sergeant (retired)
US Army Reserve
The children’s issues picture book Why Is Dad So Mad? is a story for children in military families whose father battles with combat related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After a decade fighting wars on two fronts, tens of thousands of service members are coming home having trouble adjusting to civilian life; this includes struggling as parents.
Why Is Dad So Mad? Is a narrative story told from a family’s point of view (mother and children) of a service member who struggles with PTSD and its symptoms. Many service members deal with anger, forgetfulness, sleepless nights, and nightmares.This book explains these and how they affect Dad. The moral of the story is that even though Dad gets angry and yells, he still loves his family more than anything.
About the Author: Through my 16 years in the Army Reserve I served in many capacities culminating in my role as a Company First Sergeant. I was deployed in January 2002 to Qatar, and then to Afghanistan for a total of eight months. I was then deployed to Iraq in January 2003 until April 2004. I have been married for nearly ten years now to my wonderful wife Julia, and we have two daughters; Raegan and Kennedy. The topic of dealing with PTSD as a parent is something that is very close to my heart. I have struggled with PTSD for ten years now, my daughters are young so who I am now is all they know. I wrote the book Why is Dad So Mad? to try to help them understand why I am the way I am now. This is not who I used to be, but it is who I am now; this is reality. More than anything I want my daughters as well as the children of other services members to know that no matter what we, as fathers love them more than anything. Things may not always be picture perfect , but as parents we will always be there for our kids. You may contact Seth through his website.