In The Lost Road Home, Milly Balzarini shares the poignant, heart-wrenching stories of veterans from wars in Vietnam, Iraq, Korea and World War II suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For these veterans, their world had changed. They had changed. Many felt lost and isolated because they returned to a world that refused to hear, or couldn’t understand, the trauma they had experienced in war. Because of these readjustment problems, an estimated 350,000 veterans from Vietnam alone committed suicide. Even today, 14,000 veterans die each year as the result of suicide and accidental deaths. If soldiers had been told what to expect on their way home in terms of readjusting and that help was available, many lives may have been saved.
The Lost Road Home provides help to veterans and families coping with PTSD. You’ll learn:
A Day with Stanley is an endearing story for young children to help parents and teachers open up a dialog to help children recognize bullying and to begin learning how to deal with it. There are many kinds of bullying:
Using Stanley, the good guy, and the mean old fox, the bully, I have told a story about how Stanley stands up for the ducklings when threatened by a bully.
Milly grew up in Negaunee Michigan and graduated from the Negaunee High School. She frequently stopped at the beautiful Negaunee Public Library to read, use the view master, and check out books to take home. She loved childrens books such as The Bobbsey Twins, Robinson Crusoe, and Lassie Come Home among many others. Although she lived in a small town she could live vicariously through the books she read. Many of the stories about nurses and their experiences as in “Cherry Ames”, were inspiring to her.
As a student at Northern Michigan University she took a class in childrens literature where she studied childrens authors and read many childrens books. The books ranged from first grade reading through adolescent books. This class inspired her to write her own childrens book and dedicate it to her five grandchildren.
Milly is a graduate of Northern Michigan University, and the author of “The Lost Road Home”, a book on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how it has affected Combat Veterans and their families.
She worked at Northern Michigan University as a secretary in the Student Activities Office for four years. She then married and took 12 years off to raise her three daughters before returning to NMU to finish her education. After graduating from NMU she worked as an Adult Basic Education Teacher for the Ishpeming-Negaunee-NICE Community School Program teaching literacy classes and English Second Language Students.