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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay Kopelman, Christopher Lane Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman won the hearts of readers everywhere with his moving story of adopting an abandoned puppy named Lava from a hellish corner of Iraq. He opened the door for other soldiers to bring dogs home, and in From Baghdad to America, Kopelman once again leads the pack with his observations on the emotional repercussions of war.

Here, for the first time, Kopelman holds nothing back as he responds to the question, “why did you save a dog instead of a person?” The answer reveals much about his inner demons—and about the bigger picture of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He talks about what it’s like to return to the States and examines the shocking statistics to come out of Iraq: depression, suicide, alcohol abuse, and broken relationships are at record highs for the men and women who serve there. Kopelman credits Lava with helping him to endure combat and the pain of war, as well as helping him deal with the surprising difficulties of returning to everyday life. Civilians have a hard time understanding what being a marine means, and the adjustment to living among them is hard for these soldiers.

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  • “An inspiring story, one that will connect even with readers allergic to ‘life lessons.‘”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janine Shelton | 2/11/2014

    " At first I had expected more about Lava, but when you take into account that it says right in the title "Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava," I realized the book was more about what Jay has learned from the experience of helping Lava overcome his own PTSD. I think it's a great way to show our military men and women that there is no shame in asking for help and seeking therapy. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to that knows how to listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jan | 1/25/2014

    " Interesting follow up with what happened with Lava and his American owner...lot of anguish and rantings in this sequel but that may be how the author/dog owner is trying to show how ptsd is affecting him and Lava and how it can be confusing for all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/6/2014

    " Could have been a great story. Unfortunately as he writes this memoir he uses such bad language I couldn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer | 12/23/2013

    " I thought this book was going to be about Lava once he got to America, well it really wasn't. 98% of the book was how the writer was dealing with life after war. "

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