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“Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir” by Michael Anthony (Courtesy, Pulp)
“Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir” by Michael Anthony (Courtesy, Pulp)

Michael Anthony of Bridgeport, Mass., served 12 months in Iraq as an Army medic. He was 21 years old when he returned to the states, but within a couple of weeks, he was in trouble. He was high on Vicodin, drunk and picking a fight with a very large Hell's Angel.

Anthony says he never felt more alive than when he was working at a combat support hospital. But back home, he felt hollow, without purpose, filled with rage, addicted to painkillers, and suicidal.

Then, on a drunken whim, Michael Anthony signed up for a three-day seminar on how to attract women, which lead to a journey of self discovery and ultimately salvation.


Michael Anthony, Army veteran and author of two memoirs "Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception, And Dishonor In Iraq" and "Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir." He tweets @WarVetAuthor.

This segment aired on February 13, 2017.


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