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From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava [Hardcover]

By Jay Kopelman & Wayne Pacelle (Foreward By)
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Pages   196
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.96 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2008
Publisher   Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN  1602392641  
EAN  9781602392649  

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A former Marine relates his experiences at the side of his canine best friend at home, where they met the woman who became the author's wife, adjusted to life after his service in Iraq, and learned key lessons about everyday survival.

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Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman won the hearts of readers everywhere with his moving story of adopting an abandoned puppy named Lava from a hellish corner of Iraq. He opened the door for other soldiers to bring dogs home, and in From Baghdad to America, Kopelman once again leads the pack with his observations on the emotional repercussions of war.

Here, for the first time, Kopelman holds nothing back as he responds to the question, "Why did you save a dog instead of a person?" The answer reveals much about his inner demons-and about the bigger picture of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He talks about what it's like to return to the States and examines the shocking statistics to come out of Iraq: Depression, suicide, alcohol abuse, and broken relationships are at record highs for the men and women who serve there. Kopelman credits Lava with helping him to endure combat and the pain of war, as well as helping him deal with the surprising difficulties of returning to everyday life. Civilians have a hard time understanding what being a Marine means, and the adjustment to living among them is hard for these soldiers. This book attempts to shed light on that for all readers.

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More About Jay Kopelman & Wayne Pacelle

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jay Kopelman is a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps; he was last stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. A competitive bicyclist, Jay lives in La Jolla, California, with his wife, Pam Godde, stepson, their two dogs, Lava and Koda, and Cheddar the cat. Both Jay and his wife, an anthropologist, are avid surfers. They're expecting their second child in January 2007. Melinda Roth works for a political lobbyist in Chicago, where she lives with her family.

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Great follow up book!  Sep 15, 2008
This book was the reason I got the first book (From Baghdad with Love). I picked up this book because I realized that the dog on the cover made it safely to the US. I was afraid in the first book that the dog may not have made it, so I left it on the shelf.
Now, of course, I am kicking myself for not reading it when it first came out. Lava is a precious dog and Jay and all the others who helped are amazing for all of their hard work getting him here. Great great book.
I loved that he not only shared with us how Lava is doing, but also went on to share the emotions and everything else that he and other soldiers go through.
I really wish I could meet that precious pup! Thanks Jay from continuing to be there for Lava for the good and the bad. Also for helping him with his PTSD and not just giving up on him. It really shows how much you care. It not only helps him but, helps you as well. :o)
Another Journey For Jay  Aug 5, 2008
All the questions Jay has in his book can be answered when he listens to San Diego AM radio station 1170 midnight to 2 a.m. Listening will give him further explanation and a way to listen at more appealing hours.
A book about THIS journey, if taken, would be smart.
From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava   Aug 2, 2008
Jay Kopelman's 2nd book about his relationship with Lava is a wonderful story of the strong bond that can exist between man and dog. It should be a "must read" for anyone who does not agree that the United States is providing a necessary service in Iraq and also for someone who understands why we are there. As a dog owner I know that these animals do not judge, but love you just the way you are. If dogs like Lava can help our soldiers with stress or rehabilitation while stationed in Iraq or after their return, I agree with the author that the benefits would be enormous. If you like this book. If you have a connection with any military this book. It is a real eye-opener about the personal effects serving in a military war zone can have on our favorite sons and daughters.
Gritty and Forthcoming, LOVED "From Baghdad to America"  Jul 10, 2008
Just finished 'FROM BAGHDAD TO AMERICA: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava' and found Kopelman's second book to be just as inspiring as his first. This book is GRITTY and HONEST and FORTHCOMING about issues many Americans don't want to face up to - what happens to our soldiers, men and women alike, when they come home from a war. As a daughter of a WWII veteran, I gained insight into my father's "story" and how what he experienced in Europe colored every single thing that came afterwards. What I find frightening is that our YOUNG military personnel go into such a situation without the life experience that Kopelman had under his belt -- with age comes wisdom and hope; the youth that are going overseas might not have enough HOPE built up in reserve - they can't know what Kopelman knows: life IS worth living, even after living through such horrors as war and terrorism. What can America, particularly all branches of the military, do for these soldiers? READ this book. It's not just about Lava, though "life after war" from a dog's perspective - PTSD included - is an engaging twist. Thank you, Jay, for all that you do for your community - and THANK YOU, Jay, for writing another solid account of what it's been like for you - as a Marine, as a man, as "pack leader" to Lava, and now, as a husband and father.
Important Book  Jul 9, 2008
With so much written and said about this war by reporters, pundits and politicians, it is important to hear from the soldiers themselves about the experience and its aftermath, and even better in a way that is accessible and enjoyable. Kopelman is quickly becoming an engaging voice for Iraqi vets.

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