Army Veteran Writes Book to Explain PTSD to Daughter

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sean Stevenson takes a knee while on a security patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, June 6, 2011. Stevenson is a corpsman with Combined Anti-Armor Team 2, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8. The U.S. Marines conduct frequent patrols through the area to show a presence and interact with the community to find ways to help the populace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan McCord/Released)

When one Army veteran sought resources to help him explain his PTSD to his children, he found the options lacking. So, what did he decide to do? This Army veteran took matters into his own hands. His creative way of helping his oldest daughter understand his PTSD is now helping other military families as well. Watch the video below for the complete story.

Army 1st Sgt. Seth Kastle served for 16 years in the Army Reserve. When he returned home from deployments to Qatar, Afghanistan, and Iraq; Kastle brought Post Traumatic Stress Disorder home with him.

When discussing his PTSD, Kastle said, “I struggle with anger. That’s probably my main symptom. I also have some issues that go with my memory. There’s mornings that you go into the bathroom and you look at the cup that holds your toothbrushes, and you just stare at it because you don’t know which one is yours.”

He knew his PTSD was affecting his relationship with his family – especially his older daughter. That’s when he had the idea to do something about it. So, he put pen to paper and began writing “Why is Dad So Mad?” – a book he hoped would help explain his PTSD to his daughters.

“In my book I talk about the fire inside dad’s chest. To me, that’s what it feels like,” Kastle said. The Army veteran went on to explain, “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.”

Army Veteran Pens Children’s Book to Explain PTSD

Army veteran Seth Kastle has seen success with his first book. He is now in the process of writing “Why is Mom so Mad?” to help mothers with combat related PTSD explain what they are going through with their children. You can learn more and purchase his books at

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