Adjusting to normal life after the intensity of combat can be disorienting, depressing, and frustrating–especially if veterans imagine they’re alone.
To attack this misconception, Dan has given presentations to active duty military, Vietnam Veterans groups, officer candidates, wounded veterans, and civic organizations. He is eager to continue these presentations and considers them an integral component of his mission to assist fellow veterans.
Please watch the video of one of his public speaking engagements and a sampling of his speaking resumé below.
Dan’s book, After Action was reviewed on WPSU, the NPR affiliate station in central Pennsylvania.
↠ Click to play the 4-minute audio file from WPSU, NPR Affiliate review of After Action by Dan Sheehan.
Sample of topics for public speaking engagements
I have addressed veteran’s groups, wounded veterans, officer candidates, active duty military personnel and civic organizations. These groups are concerned with different aspects of the warrior’s journey and I tailor my presentations to maximum benefit of the audience. Here are some examples of groups and topics I’ve addressed:
- Penn State NROTC Midshipmen Battalion:
Focused on how, by understanding the human costs of combat, these young men and women can better lead their sailors and Marines after they get commissioned.
- Marine 2ndLt’s from The Basic School:
Focused on the need to unpack compartmentalized emotions and reactions after combat, and how they can assist one another in this effort.
- Wounded veterans and their families at the Wounded Warrior Patrol:
Focused on the physical and emotional after-effects of my combat tours, and the steps I took to mitigate them.
- Vietnam Veterans of America Post 227:
Focused on my combat missions in Iraq, describing my experiences during the invasion with personal photographs and footage filmed from my helicopter in combat.
- The 707 Club:
Provided an overview of actual combat missions with pictures and video, then described the physical and emotional after-effects and how I dealt with them.