The Lost Road Home by Milly Balzarini


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Introduction to The Lost Road Home Introduction to The Lost Road Home


  • Do you know a Veteran changed by the experience of war?
  • Have you noticed any of these signs or symptoms?
    • Impatience
    • Explosive Anger
    • Alcohol or drug abuse
    • Hopelessness
    • Isolation
    • Depression
    • Reckless behavior
  • If you have noticed any of these, you may know someone suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • If you, or someone you know or love appears to have PTSD, it is important to learn more about it and seek help.
  • The Lost Road Home is a valuable resource to help you and your loved ones find the hope and healing needed to live with PTSD.




About The Lost Road Home About The Lost Road Home


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the Psychological Effects of War on Veterans and Their Families

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. 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:

  • The most common symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • How to get the medical and financial help available to veterans.
  • To have a greater appreciation for the sacrifices veterans have made.


What others have said What others have said


"The author knows of what she speaks. She is the wife of a Vietnam veteran, a great warrior who has ever so gradually been readjusting to being home. She may be responsible for keeping him alive when he went through his darkest moments."

Dan Forrester, Ph.D., LMSW

"Milly and Ted Balzarini literally saved my life. I say that from the bottom of my heart."

Anton Knauf, Veteran with PTSD

"This book will not only help veterans and their families, but doctors as well."

Larry Carlyon, M.D., Internist, VA Clinic

"This book is an eye-opener that needs to be read by our men and women serving now, the ones that already have served, their families and friends...and moms like me who have lost our hearts due to PTSD."

Cheryl Softich, Mother of an Iraqi veteran who took his own life, Eveleth, MN

"Getting help for PTSD was like getting the monster out of the closet for both my husband and I. We now know what it is and more importantly, are learning how to live with it. Milly’s book is one step toward taming the monster."

Spouse of a veteran with PTSD

"These personal stories have made my father, a Vietnam Veteran, realize that he was not alone...that he wasn't going crazy. Because these soldiers were brave enough to share their experiences and feelings, my family got the help we needed to cope with PTSD."

Teresa, Minneapolis, MN

"I was very impressed with The Lost Road Home. This book is truly and education for all. It is a message of hope and the possibility of answers for families and friends who are living with PTSD and those that will follow."

CJ

"If you are living with a veteran, whether it be Vietnam or Iraq, you must read this book. You will find that you are not alone and there is light at the end of that long dark tunnel."

Dianne, Michigan

"I think this book is an inside look at the double sacrifice we are asking our soldiers to make on both their physical and mental health. It correlates well to what is going on today in Iraq, and mirrors the same lack of respect our soldiers often get when they come home now. It also illustrates the inadequate financial coverage military families are faced with due to multiple unfair deployments. Furthermore, the author has nothing to gain from sharing her family’s pain – and I think she should be commended. She clearly wants to use her experience to help others going through similar circumstances. The stories and trauma can be difficult to read at times, but I appreciate the soldiers taking the time to relay what they went through and how they felt. It is especially helpful to readers that are not familiar with the Vietnam war directly. PTSD is a disorder many people have, but they are often too embarrassed to talk about it or admit they have it. For all readers, this book is a step towards understanding what has happened to many soldiers, as well as what PTSD is and how it can be treated successfully. Once people realize they are not alone, it is a subject that is much easier to discuss."

Cheri, Chapel Hill, NC

"The candor in each story took great strength, which hopefully will open others to sharing their thoughts and feelings. Seeking help is one of the first steps to finding peace."

Betty L., Florida

"It is very hard to put this book down. I cannot believe what I didn’t know about PTSD and its effects on the everyone, especially your own family."

Becky, Michigan



About the Author About the Author


The Lost Road Home author Milly Balzarini

Milly Balzarini lived with her husband for 35 years with undiagnosed PTSD. She has personally interviewed dozens of veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and has read extensively on the subject. Milly continues to meet with spouses of veterans and support groups suffering from PTSD.

Other Works

Milly has also authored "A Day With Stanley", 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.

Ted Balzarini setting up a night ambush in Vietnam

1969 Central Highlands
Upon returning home, Ted went back to school, received his B.A. and M.S Degrees from NMU where he worked for 26 years. He also grew Ginseng for sale to the orient By the time Ted retired he had become severely despondent. His wife felt that his medications weren't effective and he spent a great deal of time drinking alcohol. Ted was saved by a group of Veterans, through his wife's effort to help him, and is receiving counseling and doing much better now.

"They gave me hope. . . but I back slide a lot . . This is an on going recovery for life."



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Ted in the Military Ted in Vietnam Ted in Vietnam Ted in Vietnam Arne Asplund Ted Now Milly


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