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Your Loved Ones Need to Know About the Fire in Your Chest — This Father and Veteran Explained His Combat PTSD to His Daughter Through a Book

Retired Army 1st Sgt. Seth Kastle served 16 years in the Army Reserve, which included three deployments: to Qatar, to Iraq, and to Afghanistan. After returning home, Kastle began to experience symptoms of Combat PTSD, the most severe of which he cited as anger, the reasons of which can be difficult to explain to both family and friends, let alone a six-year-old.

Kastle’s daughter, Raegan, served as the inspiration for Kastle’s book, Why Is Dad So Mad? The book, about a family of lions, hopes to help communicate to Raegan (and children everywhere) the feeling of Combat PTSD and the effects it can have on loved ones, likening the feeling to the father lion having a fire in his chest.

And, as you’ll see in the video, it just may have resonated with Raegan…



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G.D. resides in West Michigan. When he isn’t writing (or editing), you can find him outside, riding a bike, reading a book, or just plain running. Other interests include sports (of any kind), music (again, any kind) and cinema (a bit pickier here).