Mental Health Warrior

A True Story of Suicide and Survival After 9/11

In this true story of resilience and courage in the face of devastation, we meet Cliff Bauman, a volunteer emergency responder dispatched to the Pentagon on September 11th. His subsequent battles with PTSD, survivor’s grief, and suicide are the heart of this moving chronicle which also speaks to the wider, evolving crisis of mental health in a post-9/11 world. In the deft hands of Dr. William Kammerer, Cliff’s narrative reminds us of the human cost of terrorism, our ability to overcome adversity, and the way that therapy, psychology, and group support have the power to change lives for the better.

ISBN: 978-1-63755-418-0
SKU: 18-1006-01
Categories:Amplify Publishing, Health, Medicine, and Wellness, Mental Health, Memoirs and Biographies, Memoirs and Biographies

“I had the privilege of working beside CW4 Cliff Bauman in uniform and witnessed his leadership. His tireless work ethic, optimism, and wisdom were always inspirational to those who were fortunate enough to be in his orbit. If, as they say, ‘Adversity is a terrible thing to waste,’ Cliff Bauman certainly exemplifies that important warrior mindset. Cliff understands the struggle of post-traumatic stress because he’s personally lived in its dark shadow. Cliff is indeed a true ‘Mental Health Warrior,’ and his life experiences are described in searing detail in Dr. Kammerer’s important account.”—Col. John Fenzel (USA, Ret.), author of The Lazarus Covenant

“Cliff Bauman is a true mental health warrior, patriot, and pioneer. Unlike many in the country, Cliff Bauman has firsthand experience, looking for people at the Pentagon on 9/11. Cliff was traumatized by what he saw, but packed away this trauma, just like he did his uniform and his boots from that day. Years later, these emotions took over as he attempted to end his own life. Cliff Bauman is a modern ‘everyman’ in our culture today. His triumphant story deserves to be told to everyone in the country, both inside and outside the military. I am proud to call him my friend.”—Danei Edelen, founder of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Brown County affiliate

“Dr. Kammerer brings readers through events that transpired at the Pentagon on 9/11 by presenting a gritty recollection of the events, as told by three National Guard first responders and many survivors, including me. Chief Warrant Officer Clifford Bauman, a young soldier at the time, put his heart into his work for three days, and when what he gave was not enough, it almost killed him. Combining Chief Bauman’s personal story with the accounts of many other first responders and survivors of the Pentagon on 9/11 and other traumatic events, plus insight from his years as a suicide prevention professional and forensic psychologist, Dr. Kammerer takes the reader through the harrowing event of 9/11, detailing the torment, PTSD, and survivor’s guilt that afflicts first responders’ psyches. Chief Bauman’s story is worthy of the reader’s attention, and Dr. Kammerer draws the reader in while taking them out of the storyenough to instill valuable lessons about how we think, why we react the way we do, and how to change both. I believe this is a good read for not only soldiers and veterans, but also civilians, as it applies to humans across the board.”—Dr. Richard E. Talley, Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Army

“If we truly want to care for those in pain, we must first find the courage to not only share our stories but learn from those brave enough to share theirs. The stories of Clifford Bauman and his battle buddies will no doubt test and grow each reader’s resilience and strength. Cliff’s story will show you that suicide is by far not a cowardly act, in fact the opposite. Readers will gain yet more understanding and hopefully possess the courage to become their brother’s keeper.”—Nick Cottrill, USA 1SG (Ret.), CEO and co-founder of Veteran Trash Talk

William Kammerer

Forensic Psychologist and Prevention Expert

William D. Kammerer is a forensic psychologist, Commissioned Army National Guard Officer and 21-year military veteran, and a former Army Suicide Prevention Program Manager of five years. He gained insight about suicide prevention from many special assignments, and utilized his background as a forensic psychologist to review investigation documents to determine the priorities Army leadership should focus on to stop suicide in its ranks. He met, traveled, and worked with CW4 (Retired) Clifford (Cliff) Bauman during a 6-month special assignment for the Army. While attending a “lived-experience” discussion panel at an American Association of Suicidology (AAS) conference, he realized the importance of Cliff’s story and was inspired to bring it to a broader audience through a book. William is married with three children and is currently a research psychologist in the DC area. A Dostoyevsky enthusiast, he also enjoys classic cars, retro computers, and coaching his kids’ sports teams.

Clifford Bauman

Veteran, Podcast Host, and Motivational Speaker

Clifford W. Bauman is a 34-year Army Veteran and an internationally known motivational speaker. As a survivor of an attempted suicide, he realizes the importance of getting counseling and having a strong support structure. Cliff hosts his own podcast, The Mental Health Warrior, on Veteran Trash Talk and Wreaths Across America Radio, and has published articles in USA Today, Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Times, GX Magazine, Newsliner, National Guard Association Magazine, Huffington Post, and RallyPoint. Cliff believes that “Life Promotion” is the best suicide prevention.