Episode 114: Dan Sheehan – Writing as a Tool to Heal from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

by | Oct 5, 2021 | Interviews with Leaders | 0 comments

“It became an act of cowardice that I would refuse to deal with my own emotional baggage [in the] aftermath of combat and pass that onto [my son].”

—Dan Sheehan

Dan Sheehan served twelve years as a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps. After leaving active duty, he turned to writing as a means to gain perspective on how his experiences in combat had changed him. This journey of self-discovery led him to publish After Action: The True Story of a Cobra Pilot’s Journey, and Continuing Actions: A Warrior’s Guide to Coming Home.

Both books won multiple awards and After Action became required reading for all Marines when it was named to the USMC Commandant’s Professional Reading Program in 2020. He’s now writing a humorous adventure fantasy series on Amazon’s new serialized novel platform, Kindle Vella. His story’s title is The Judas Goat and it marks his transition into fiction.

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@DanSheehanAuthoron Instagram

00:02:43 Welcome, Dan!
00:04:06 Jumping Out of Planes & the Freedom of Letting Go
00:08:10 September 11th as a Defining Moment in Dan’s Career
00:15:11 Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a Civilian
00:26:56 Dan’s Healing Journey
00:44:14 Using Writing as a Tool to Heal
00:52:55 Catch-22 in Military Combat
00:57:20 Making the Switch to Writing Fiction
01:01:27 Resources Dan is Looking For
01:03:28 Dan’s Life-Changing Book
01:06:21 Dan’s Call-to-Action
01:08:25 Connect with Dan
01:09:01 Thank You, Dan!

Dan’s Life-Changing Book
“Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn

Books Mentioned
“After Action: The True Story of a Cobra Pilot’s Journey” by Dan Sheehan
“Continuing Actions: A Warrior’s Guide to Coming Home” by Dan Sheehan
“Catch-22” by Joseph Heller
“The Judas Goat” by Dan Sheehan

Additional Resources
Types of Skydiving
Camp Pendleton
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Catch-22 Film
Kindle Vella
Commandants Professional Reading List

Words of Widsom
“A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths are a statistic.” —Joseph Stalin

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