Mathew Bocian served as a Captain in the United States Army with the Stryker Brigade and was deployed to Mosul and Tal’Afar in 2004 – 2005, and to Baghdad for The Surge in 2007 – 2008. He left the Army in 2012 and now uses his writings and poetry as a way to heal from the traumas of war, while also attempting to express to readers the often harsh realities of war. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and holds a master’s from the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

He has authored an eBook about his living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as one on the exploits of his reconnaissance troop.

7 Responses to About

  1. From this old vet to you. Your words hit the mark well my friend.
    Too many still endure the past, too many are misunderstood, too many left to cope on their own.
    Conflict is sh’t but not a patch on what comes next.
    Keep writing, it helps.

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  2. gpcox says:

    It’s an honor and a pleasure to meet you. I think your plan for recovery is a great idea and I wish you all the best.

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  3. First of all, thank you so much for your service to our country. I hope God richly blesses you with much health and success. I am happy to hear you liked my post on Moral Injury. The idea of counseling combat veterans suffering from mental difficulties following battle secondary to moral injury, and not just “fear” seemed worth sharing.


  4. Thank you for your service! I was also in Iraq during the surge most of ’07 in Camp Bucca. Thanks for sharing your story and poetry. It’s hard to understand if you have never been there.

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  5. Darque says:

    I cannot thank you enough for your service! I am honoured that you have chosen to follow my website/Blog. I am very much PRO-MILITARY and passionately support the men & women who CHOSE to serve their country – past, present & future. I also like poetry & I’m enjoying reading your blog – I look forward to sharing your thoughts with my readers. Wishing you the best that life has to offer because you deserve no less!


  6. Gordon Heintzman says:

    I served with CPT Bocian and can say that few Offers care for their troopsas he did. There are a thousand stories not told for each one here. I hope to one day read of the compromised net that day in Talafar.


  7. Timothy Joseph Gauthier says:

    I just read “Operation Erdanus” from cover to cover. It very well written and filled in some gaps that I had about what actually happened on the ground. I’m speaking to the story of life on the tip of the spear and dealing with the friction and hardship of being a platoon leader in combat. If you’re willing I’d like to talk to you about the operation from the Squadron’s perspective and perhaps clarify some information gaps. Such although MAJ D was the SXO by then, he had transitioned from the S3 when I arrived back at the Squadron on 18 April. He lead the mission as he had been in theater for six months.

    My contact info is included and I’m the only Tim Gauthier in Statesboro, GA on FB

    I’ve just downloaded your book on PTSD and look forward to reading it.


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