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An Afghanistan War Veteran Reveals His Nightmare of Becoming a Gold Star Brother – SURVIVING SON

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An Afghanistan War Veteran Reveals His Nightmare of Becoming a Gold Star Brother

by Scott DeLuzio

Scott DeLuzio and his brother Steven were deployed by the Army National Guard to Afghanistan in 2010.  Both were fighting just miles away from each other on August 22, 2010, when Scott was told Steven had just been killed.  Moments later, Scott was thrust into battle against the Taliban, who had just taken his brother’s life.

SURVIVING SON:  An Afghanistan War Veteran Reveals His Nightmare of Becoming a Gold Star Brother (Drive on Studio, LLC; August 30, 2021) is the true-life story of Scott and Steven DeLuzio.  Scott DeLuzio takes you on a journey from his Connecticut upper-middle-class childhood to his call to service after 9/11. With college degrees and a bright future ahead of them, these brothers left the safety of suburban life to fight on the front lines in Afghanistan. When Scott was asked why he would do this, he responded, “Why not me?”

In SURVIVING SON, DeLuzio explores the hostile war zone and the soldiers experience engaging in combat with the Taliban. He describes what it was like to be a soldier and the raw emotion he felt when learning of his brother’s death.  He vividly reveals how he continued to struggle with PTSD from the stresses of combat, the loss of his only sibling, and the transition to civilian life.

Scott’s homecoming was not the hero’s welcome he deserved.  As you read the story of his

return to civilian life, it will leave you laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time. However, in the end, Scott’s message is one of hope. He addresses the reality vs. perception that often accompanies those struggling after a traumatic event. He candidly explains how a flashback or “reliving experience” can for a few moments take him back to the hot, dusty ground in Eastern Afghanistan.

By telling his story, Scott hopes to reach out to those veterans still struggling with the impact of war.  His message is one of hopefulness that can potentially reverse the stigma that often accompanies those who seek mental health treatment. Scott continues to give back through his Drive On Podcast (https://driveonpodcast.com/), which reminds veterans they are not alone in their struggles and provides resources to those searching for help.

Especially timely with the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan, Scott opens up about U.S. withdrawal from the region.  “I believe that every service member who took part in the war did what was needed to keep Americans safe at home by taking the fight to the enemy,” writes DeLuzio.  “We did what our country asked us to do. Be proud of that!”

 

About Scott DeLuzio

Scott DeLuzio owns an e-commerce software development business and is an Army veteran, having served six years with the Army National Guard, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. Scott’s brother, Steven, was also deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Unfortunately, Steven was killed in action on August 22, 2010. After returning home, Scott struggled with PTSD and the loss of his only sibling.  Scott started Drive On Podcast to connect with current and prior service members.  He interviews veterans and civilians to discuss personal triumphs, life experiences, resources, and emotional hardships to give hope and strength to the military community.  Scott lives in Surprise, Arizona, with his wife, Vicki DeLuzio, and their three children.

TITLE: SURVIVING SON:  An Afghanistan War Veteran Reveals His Nightmare of Becoming a Gold Star Brother

AUTHOR: Scott DeLuzio

PUB DATE: August 30, 2021

ISBN:  978-0578977447

PAGES: 206

PRICE: $29.99 paperback

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Meet Pitman Kennedy
Pitman Kennedy is a retired Master Sergeant with the Air Force where he served for 21 years. He is also
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His Air Force experience as a leadership facilitator, time spent with Legendary NNBA Coach John
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ARMED FORCES AND SOCIAL CHANGE: NEW BOOK EXAMINES THE STRUGGLE FOR RACIAL & GENDER EQUALITY

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Troy Mosley is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and is the founder and CEO of Citizens Against Intolerance. Troy is a 20-year veteran with a B.S. in Psychology, earning his commission through Florida A&M University’s ROTC Program. Troy has held various military assignments in his 20-year career.  He was the lead project officer for the first-ever Fisher House dedicated outside the continental United States, and he served as the Executive Officer for the 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Troy also served as the Administrative Director, Department of Surgery, Walter Reed Army Community Hospital before being selected to be the Army Surgeon General’s Executive Assistant. Troy served as COO for Weed Army community Hospital (WACH) in 2009 where he led the Hospital to the best Joint Commission (TJC) Accreditation score in the Army that year. His efforts were instrumental in securing funds for a $300 million new hospital construction project at Fort Irwin, CA, the DoD’s first solar-powered hospital. His book The Armed Forces and American Social Change: An Unwritten Truce is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Jerad W. Alexander has written for EsquireRolling StoneThe NationNarratively, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Literary Reportage from the New York University Arthur L. Carter School of Journalism. From 1998 to 2006, he served as a U.S. Marine, deploying to the Mediterranean, East Africa, and Iraq. He grew up on military bases, from the east coast of the United States to Japan. He currently lives in New York City, but calls Atlanta home.

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