Guest, AW Schade

Guest Name: 
AW Schade
AW Schade PTSD Veteran Survivor Author
Guest Occupation: 
Author PTSD Educator
Guest Biography: 
Marine, Vietnam Veteran, Bank Manager, and over 30 successful years in corporate executive marketing, business development, operations, and sales. Married, father of three sons, and grandfather to a granddaughter and four grandsons. Schade graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Business Management. After decades of denial, he accepted the fact he had PTSD. 
 
When images of the Gulf Wars flashed ceaselessly across every media outlet, they triggered his darkest memories of combat in Vietnam. No longer focused on his career and personal responsibilities he agreed to retire early, and began his journey of therapy to subdue the 'demons of war.'
 
Immersed in his therapy Schade recognized through the assistance of others, who freely shared their time and editing skills, he began to write stories to raise awareness and open minds.
 
His first story was the award-winning novel, “Looking for God within the Kingdom of Religious Confusion,” An enlightening ‘creative non-fiction’ story of one man’s journey to find the truth about God and religion. Passing through the mystical ‘Gates of Abraham’ his protagonist Jacob engages believers along the divergent roads of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Secular and Spirituality beliefs for answers.  Concluding his thoughts on religion he wrote, "The greatest father"—a satirical tale of how religion began.
 
Changing direction, Schade wrote two stories to help veterans recognize and accept PTSD. “The Demons of War are Persistent” is a personal short-story of denial and living with PTSD. "Not Alone" is an essay about the trepidation of entering group therapy. Both stories were written to help veterans and families what the stigma of PTSD and seek help—instead of falling into the abyss of destitution or suicide. They are free to read and download on his website.
 
In 2016, Schade finished his first suspense-filled short-story "If I fail; what doom awaits the children?" 'The only hope to save three kidnapped children is an elderly veteran.'