Veteran Wrote Children’s Book About PTSD

"Who I am post-war is the only version of me my kids know." This veteran needed a way to explain PTSD to his daughter — so he wrote a children's book about it.

3 million service members have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since the September 11th Attacks

Veteran Seth Kastle struggled to explain PTSD to his young daughter. So, he wrote her a book. Kastle spent 16 years in the Army Reserve. When he got home, a different battle began. Kastle’s struggle with PTSD laid dormant and unnamed for years. When his daughter was born, he knew something had to change.

“I felt like I owed her an explanation and I owed her understanding me. I wanted a way to be able to explain to her with just not going into any details but just like, you know, "This isn't your fault, you know, and I love you more than anything." That's a type of thing as a parent that you just wanted to be able to relay to your kids. I was young when I went to war and I didn't have kids until later in life. And so, who I am post-war is the only version of me my kids know. I still remember where I was standing in that trailer house the first time, I felt this, and I didn't know what it was. It was something that I felt inside of my chest that it's a physical manifestation of what I now know, you know, this is my body reacting to what I've been through over the last few years. And like I still remember standing there in our kitchen and it's like, "Oh, that's different." You have to remember. Like this is 2004 when this is happening, right? So, we're very early in the war still. Like I honest to God, like I didn't even know what the VA was or what PTSD was, I mean those weren't topical conversations that were happening at the time,” Seth Kastle tells Brut.

Through counseling, Kastle was able to begin healing but found there were fewer resources available for kids. Kastle’s self-published kids’ book has received an overwhelming response from military parents.


10/24/2019 10:23 AM


  • Sheri H.
    05/18/2020 16:04

    Glad there is a book out there for our soldiers who need to explain their feelings to young ones, bless them all ❤❤

  • Ashley K.
    10/31/2019 16:58

    not sure if you've seen this.

  • Desiree H.
    10/29/2019 09:45

    BE CAREFUL! Be alert and cautious! Pray pray pray and I’m covering you with prayers as well that you will be able to dodge and live the best life God has set out for you!! I love you soldier ❤️😘

  • Sowda I.
    10/29/2019 04:07


  • Bernice L.
    10/28/2019 19:02

    Wow.. This is Fantastic.. And 'Healing..

  • Brayan N.
    10/28/2019 10:46


  • Aubrie H.
    10/26/2019 03:09

    Stewart Sabrina Carboni Maybe you know of anyone that could use this

  • Judith P.
    10/25/2019 23:46

    So glad he wrote this book for his kids and that it has helped other families struggling with PTSD!

  • Luis H.
    10/25/2019 17:47

    You mean killing another human for no good reason causes ptsd nooooo

  • Lynette S.
    10/25/2019 01:27

    Must read

  • Susan F.
    10/24/2019 21:54

    with so much people go through, everyone needs to here this book.

  • P C.
    10/24/2019 18:05

    God Bless You! God Bless Your Family God Bless America

  • Faye W.
    10/24/2019 17:59

    We are all so proud of your son!!!!!

  • Glenda H.
    10/24/2019 17:46

    Seth lives on my street. An amazing man. And dad and husband. Gods blessings.

  • Taylor S.
    10/24/2019 17:36

    I had him as a professor on campus. He was awesome.

  • Robert B.
    10/24/2019 17:31

    How can I get this book???

  • Angela G.
    10/24/2019 15:30

    I love this. I have PTSD (not from military service) and it is so true - my kids only know this version of me, and it makes me so sad.

  • ဆိုင္
    10/24/2019 14:29

    ....m? ?m .?.mm.

  • Brut
    10/24/2019 13:49

    After struggling to find relatable books for her foster kids, she decided to write her own.📚💕

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