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Ex-SEAL: Return to Civilian Life Harder Than Worst Mission

By    |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 12:46 PM

Howard Wasdin, a former Navy SEAL injured in the legendary "Black Hawk Down" incident, says readjusting to civilian life was tougher than some of his most dangerous missions.

"I’d rather be shot three more times than have to go through what I went through coming back to normal life," Wasdin said in an interview with "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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Wasdin is the author with Joel Kilpatrick of the new book, "The Last Rescue: How Faith and Love Saved a Navy SEAL Sniper," published by Thomas Nelson, in which he describes the nerve-shattering experiences of the SEALS in Somalia.

On Oct. 3, 1993, American special forces launched a daring mission in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, to kidnap terrorist Mohamed Farrah Aidid, who had been killing U.N. workers.

The raid was working until two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down, prompting a fierce confrontation that left 18 Americans dead, 70 wounded, and 3,000 Somali casualties.

Wasdin was wounded severely.

"What I tried to do … is recreate the Somalia experience, the battle and then show how to assimilate back into a normal life if you will, back into civilian life and all the trials and tribulations doing that," Wasdin said.

"When I first got out I had survivor's guilt, which is a form of PTSD that I didn't even know I had. Why better men than me died and I was allowed to live, that's survivor's guilt.

"I climbed into a bottle for a couple of years after I got out. Depression, addiction, failed marriage, failed job … I went from rock star to rock bottom."

He said his message to everybody coming home from the military and into civilian life is, "Your best days are ahead of you, not behind you."

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Howard Wasdin, a former Navy SEAL injured in the legendary "Black Hawk Down" incident, tells "The Steve Malzberg Show" that readjusting to civilian life was tougher than some of his most dangerous missions.
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