News Release: Help Children Understand the Trauma of War when a Parent is Injured

News Release

May 16, 2012

Youngsville, NC: Lash and Associates Publishing/Training addresses the impact of a parent’s wartime injury upon children in the family with Shannon Maxwell’s book Our Daddy is Invincible.   With so many service members and veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries and other wounds, this book is greatly needed and very timely. Any life threatening injury to a parent is emotionally traumatic for a family, but for the sons and daughters with a mother or father deployed to a war zone there are special fears. The news that mom or dad has had a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, or burns can lead to long absences from home for medical care and rehabilitation. When the parent does come home, children often don’t know what to expect and are unprepared for the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes they see. 

Shannon Maxwell and illustrator Liza Biggers address children’s fears and worries in this beautifully illustrated book suitable for children in preschool and elementary school. Even older children in middle school will find the section with personal vignettes of personal stories helpful. This book is an important tool to help parents talk with their children about the effect of a parent’s injuries and wounds on their lives and relationships. It helps children understand their emotions, confusion and reactions but most of all, it gives them hope as they learn to live with a parent who is a wounded warrior but who has survived and come home.

For more information, contact Lash and Associates at 919-556-0300 or visit

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