Scars, Wars, and Perseverance, is a memoir by author Sgt. Charlie Brady. This collection of poems reflects his personal transformation from military to civilian life written in his unique creative voice discovered through his making of poetry and prose. The memoir is very unconventional in structure; it does not follow traditional format, grammar, or punctuation. Its themes, however, are common to most humans who have suffered and survived. Themes included are isolation, pain, fear, love, encouragement, and spiritual reliance.
The author wants to give an authentic story of his life after being trapped in the realities of suppression, war, and human suffering. His use of poetry allows him to engage readers into his "soul space" and understand how the power of writing is used to heal and transform him to a new being. Sgt. Charlie Brady is an Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan which resulted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other bodily injuries. From 2010 to present, Sgt. Brady receives several forms of therapeutic treatments including creative writing. He realized writing was his outlet to express, communicate, and ground himself in times of emotional and mental distress. Writing is also his source of kryptonite that eases anxiety, deescalates anger, and promotes positive mental health. Although this manuscript is unconventional, Sgt. Brady wants to share his experiences and vent to veterans, general public, and critics who may be unfamiliar with the power of writing. Sgt Brady's main goals are to share authentic memories, promote positive reinforcement, and influence veterans and communicate to people about the harsh realities of dealing with multiple battle wounds from the perspective of the veteran.