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Iraq veteran and author to speak at DMACC

Brian Castner shares tales of diffusing bombs and “going crazy”

Brian Castner writes, “On Feb. 6, 2010, I went Crazy. I didn’t know why, or how to fix it. I just knew it was intolerable… I make sense of the world by writing, so to understand what was happening to me, I wrote a book about it.” This soldier’s story is featured in the book “The Long Walk.”

Castner will speak at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Oct. 29. He will be at the Ankeny Campus in the Bldg. 6 Auditorium at 9:40 a.m. and in the Boone Campus Auditorium at 11:45 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

“The book is unflinching and raw. It’s emotionally challenging” said DMACC Director of Library Resources and event organizer Rebecca Funke. “This book provides an opportunity for veterans and their families to feel as though part of their stories are being heard and understood by the many of us who don’t know what it’s like to fight in a war.”

DMACC has chosen “The Long Walk” as this year’s One Book, One College, One Community selection. More than 2,000 copies of the book are being used in 80 classrooms across DMACC’s six campuses and five learning centers.

“The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows” has been recognized as “An Amazon Best Book of 2012”, a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and an Indiebound “Next List” selection.

“Castner has written a powerful book about the long cost of combat and the brotherhood of men-at-arms,” wrote “Jarhead” author Anthony Sworfford. “His honesty is refreshing and the book is written with such candor and openness that one can’t help but root for him.”

More information and reviews can be found in Castner’s blog.

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