March Forth: The Inspiring True Story Of A Canadian Soldier's Jou Hardcover – Mar 6 2012
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An Exclusive Message from Trevor Greene
Debbie and I met at a pub in June 2001. I was celebrating the submission of my manuscript Bad Date on the missing prostitutes of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She was at a send off celebration for a friend and colleague. We saw each other every day afterwards for the next two weeks. Four months later we watched in shock and horror with the rest of the world as the doomed airplanes sliced through the thin skin of the World Trade Centre towers. The most heinous terrorist attack in modern times scarred the world forever. It also inexorably set me on my path to Afghanistan.
I was an infantry reserve officer on 9/11 and desperately wanted to be part of my generations’ fight against tyranny and terror. I had been accepted into a new Canadian Army unit called Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC), with a mission to liaise with non-combatants in a war zone and provide for their infrastructure needs like clean water, housing and clean water. I would finally get my mission but it would cost me - and hundreds of other Canadian soldiers, including my friend and CIMIC replacement, Bill Turner.
Ironically I was struck in head by an axe wielded by one of the young men I was there to help. By the grace of God I survived, but he didn’t. If it weren’t for One Platoon and medic Shaun Marshall, I wouldn’t be alive to write this. The 13 months I spent in hospital are lost to me. Debbie began taking notes from the time when she and my parents were told I wouldn’t come out of the coma. It was painful hearing what Debbie went through during that time while also caring for our one-year old daughter, Grace.
Debbie convinced me that I needed to rekindle my passion for writing. Before, my fingers raced over the keyboard almost as fast as the words formed in my head; but now I’m reduced to hunting and pecking. She said that I needed to write about this journey – and she would help me. After learning of Debbie’s struggle, I wanted to tell her side of the story: a story of courage, resilience and strength. Night after night, she pulled thoughts and memories out of me and I listened to her journal notes and pressed her to share more details with me. I felt it was important to show how the struggles of a wounded Afghan war veteran impacted the family. I also felt compelled to describe the early days of the combat mission.
We are ecstatic to be expecting a son this July (2012), and to be running our newly-formed foundation, The Greene Family Education Initiative, which will offer scholarships to young women from conflict zones to be educated as teachers. The scholarships will honour all the soldiers killed in the war, starting with Bill Turner; Nichola Goddard, the first Canadian woman to be killed in combat; and Andrew Eykelenboom, a compassionate medic who was killed by a suicide bomber on his last day in-country.Trevor Greene
About the Author
TREVOR GREENE is an accomplished journalist and the author of two books, Bad Date: The Lost Girls of Vancouver’s Low Track and Bridge of Tears: The Hidden Homeless of Japan. After a stint with the Royal Canadian Navy, Greene joined the army reserves and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. Greene now speaks to schools and large audiences about his experiences.
DEBBIE GREENE is a chartered accountant and co-founder of the Greene Family Education Initiative who travels with her husband to their many public appearances. Trevor and Debbie’s story was made into the Gemini Award–winning W5 documentary Peace Warrior. The Greenes live with their daughter, Grace, in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
Top Customer Reviews
Trevor Greene stepped up in the role of which I am most proud when I think of the Canadian Forces; that of the men and women who put their lives on the line in order to preserve some semblance of humanity in the world's most chaotic and strife-torn areas. I would be purchasing and reading this book with pride in his accomplishments (and humility in the knowledge that I, lacking the courage required, could never do what he did) even if the awful life changing event had not occurred.
From the moment he was attacked, the book becomes something larger than a memoir (and more difficult to read through the tears). Co-authors Trevor and Debbie Greene bring us inside their world - changed and challenged by one child of religious zealotry, but sustained and regained through their love.
At first it seems that Trevor's recovery is impossible and one must wonder from where Debbie finds the strength and determination to hold onto a vision of a future that includes Trevor in any capacity. And that, for me, is the value and impact of the book. Debbie finds those things in her love for Trevor, his love for his fellow man, and their shared love for their family. Trevor returns to their world in painful and valiant increments with Debbie's determination that there is a life to be lived together and the assistance of medical professionals who point to the next victory.Read more ›
Reprogramming the human brain is an amazing thing to see. I volunteer as a tutor at a Scotish Rite Learning centre & we work with dyslexic children by reprogramming their brains so that they learn to read.
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for anyone who has a family member with a brain injury it will be helpful to follow the progress - so please read it!Published on March 23 2014 by Steven R Mantyka
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