MOUNT VERNON — The transition from military life to civilian life can be difficult for many veterans, especially those profoundly affected by their experiences. For many, the physical struggles may be over, but mental and emotional battles have just begun.
Brad Genereux wrote a story that will resonate with veterans dealing with the after effects of war. His book, “A Soldier to Santiago: Finding Peace on the Warrior Path,” alternates from the perspective of his time in the Navy deployed in Ghazni, Afghanistan, from 2008 to 2009 to his post-service journey of finding tranquility through the life-changing Camino de Santiago. The book documents his journey for other veterans to follow in the centuries of footsteps that have traversed the spiritually reinvigorating and therapeutic Camino for thousands of years.
Genereux describes the difficulties that ensue when a former soldier goes from active duty to blending in again with the private sector. When the dysphoria sets in, these veterans need something like the Camino de Santiago journey.