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James Hatch Cancelled

This author has cancelled their attendance with the Festival.

James Hatch was a member of the Naval Special Warfare Development group when a devastating injury forced him to retire from the military, leading him into a period of depression and suicidal thoughts. A vocal advocate for eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness, Hatch draws on values learned in the military to confront often-ignored issues, showing how recovery is a team effort that begins with one person reaching out. His down-to-earth speeches and frank honesty encourage self-reflection and inspire people to reframe the way they think about mental illness and recovery as well as the true meaning of leadership and teamwork. He is also the founder of Spike's K9 Fund, where he works to protect working K9s. He wrote the book "Touching the Dragon."

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Book:
Touching the Dragon
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Knopf
May 2018
ISBN 9780451494689
Hardcover, 336 pages
$28.95, INSTORE
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From former special ops Navy SEAL senior chief; master naval parachutist (four Bronze Stars with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Medal recipient, etc. More/less

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