Rule Number Two

There are two rules of war.
Rule number one is that young men die.
Rule number two is that doctors can't change rule number one.

--M*A*S*H: TV show

Voice Awards for Leadership and Advocacy in Trauma

Voice Awards Speech

Kraft was honored by SAMSHA at the 2011 Voice Awards for leadership and advocacy in trauma.

Rule Number Two

by Heidi Squier Kraft

Rule Number TwoWhen Lieutenant Commander Heidi Kraft's twin son and daughter were fifteen months old, she was deployed to Iraq . A clinical psychologist in the US Navy, Kraft's job was to uncover the wounds of war that a surgeon would never see. She put away thoughts of her children back home, acclimated to the sound of incoming rockets, and learned how to listen to the most traumatic stories a war zone has to offer.

One of the toughest lessons of her deployment was perfectly articulated by the TV show M*A*S*H: "There are two rules of war. Rule number one is that young men die. Rule number two is that doctors can't change rule number one." Some Marines, Kraft realized, and even some of their doctors, would be damaged by war in ways she could not repair. And sometimes, people were repaired in ways she never expected.

RULE NUMBER TWO is a powerful firsthand account of providing comfort admidst the chaos of war, and of what it takes to endure.

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Early Acclaim for Rule Number Two

"Heidi Kraft has given us a rare, insightful look into today's battlefield.  It is personal, emotional, and unique.  She captures a perspective that only a psychologist, mother, and officer on the front lines can describe.  Every American needs to read this."

-- General Anthony C. Zinni

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About the Author

Heidi Squire KraftHeidi Squier Kraft received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California - San Diego School of Medicine in 1996. She joined the Navy during her internship at Duke University Medical Center, serving as both a flight and clinical psychologist. 

In February 2004 , Heidi Squier Kraft deployed to Iraq for seven months with a Marine Corps surgical company, when her boy and girl twins were fifteen months old.  more

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