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And Then I Cried: Stories of a Mortuary NCO

And Then I Cried: Stories of a Mortuary NCO [Kindle Edition]

Justin Jordan
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"And Then I Cried: Stories of a Mortuary NCO" is the first work from Justin Jordan. Jordan details life as an Air Force Mortuary Non Commissioned Officer. In his stunning debut Jordan forces the reader to walk beside him on his journey in this gruesome world. Jordan holds nothing back, and shares in graphic detail how he honored Americas heroes, both at deployed locations and stateside. This book will pry your eyes wide open as you gasp from the sheer horror he faced daily, from dealing with the families of the fallen, to witnessing the embalming and preparations of the deceased. Jordan also shares how this job taxed his mental well being, as he suffered in silence, longing not to care. Jordan is still serving on Active Duty and suffers from the crippling effects of PTSD, his story will enlighten you, it will touch you, and yes, you will cry.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Tactical 16, LLC (12 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KVYXO0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but true 12 July 2014
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Very interesting, very sad, such a good read I could not put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I cried when you could not... 17 Jan 2013
By Maria Edwards - Published on
All too often in recent years, we've heard the news stories of those we've lost to war, seen the flag draped coffins, and PGR escorted funeral processions. But how often do we hear the stories of those who care for our loved ones from the moment they come off the battlefield to the moment they are laid to rest...? AND THEN I CRIED written by Justin Jordan is a very brief glimpse inside the world of a Mortuary NCO. You'll learn that it is a role no one wants, but for those who find themselves in that role, it is a role they pride themselves it. For it is in giving their borther/sister in arms that last full measure of devotion and respect that they claim that pride. I don't think there are many civilians who would care so much as to make sure these heroes are given every last ounce of dignity and respect they so justly deserve.
As a grateful citizen, I would like to THANK YOU Justin for giving of yourself so fully in your role as a Mortuary NCO. My heart goes out to you for all that you endured on our behalf. My prayers are with you that you might find peace and understanding for all you've been asked to do in service to your country. I would not want anyone who'd dare to do any less than you to care for our service men and women in their final hours. You have served your country well.

I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of AND THEN I CRIED. Read it. Absorb it. Give thanks for those who lived it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 18 July 2012
By Tweeter225 - Published on
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I just finished the book. it was hard to put it down as it drew you into the story. it is very well written and makes you feel like you know The author personally. You can feel his emotions in the words, and feel the pain, the joy, the sadness as the his story is being told. Thank you Justin for your service in our armed forces and for sharing this book with everyone so that they can better understand what our service men and women will go through to serve our country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK 15 July 2012
By LGowen - Published on
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This is a very good friend of mine. As I read it I couldn't put it down. The things he went thought were truly amazing. I was around but never knew a thing of what he was going through. This is a must read book. I am honored to call him a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL!!!!!! 14 July 2012
By Theresa Presley - Published on
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I could not put the book down!! I read it in one evening. This book is something that all Americans need to read! Our freedom is not free and this book shows us the cost of that freedom and the price that some of our service men and women continue to pay and will pay for the rest of their lives.
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By Mary Raynor - Published on
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I just read "And Then I Cried," by Justin Jordan, and thought, Who knew? Who knew that there is trauma involved in taking care of our military dead (or any dead, for that matter), trauma that, over time, runs deep? By the time you see a body in a casket that looks like it is simply asleep, a lot of work has been done behind the scenes to give that illusion -- work that the average person will never see. Justin Jordan pulls back the veil for us in this book, giving us a glimpse into the frightening unknown.
As a 24-year military wife, I knew about the Services Squadron in the Air Force, but always assumed the people assigned to it were the desk clerks at the base billeting office and the base gym. I did not know that Services is a catch-all squadron that provides cooks as well as clerks, and I certainly would never have thought it provided mortuary services for those fallen in battle or who die in accidents while on active duty. I got an education with this book.
Although I was warned that I would cry when I read it, I did not; I was too caught up in the gruesome horrors it showed, which were graphically detailed. I can easily see why the author ended up with PTSD after working in mortuary for a long time. Any normal person would.
As I read about Sergeant Jordan went about his duties, I was touched at how he couldn't help but inject his personal feelings with his professionalism as he did his job, well done and with love, as well as pride.
Some other things that stood out to me were: the angel-like mortician who is a constant player in this story, and who could handle anything that came her way; the reverence with which the military handles the remains of its dead; and the reluctance of Sergeant Jordan to lay down his duties because he knew somebody else would have to take them up in his place and he didn't want that burden to fall on anybody else.
The deaths that seemed to have affected Sergeant Jordan the most were the suicides, which left him angry because they selfishly caused so much grief.
Of special note to me was how Sergeant Jordan began to have supernatural experiences -- seeing an apparition and having dreams before certain events that, incredibly, came true.
Throughout the book, you will be amazed at one of the central figures -- the female civilian mortician with whom Sgt. Jordan worked -- nothing fazed her.
Everybody should buy and read this book. It will help a veteran. It will acquaint you with the human toll of war as you read about how Sergeant Jordan cared for the bodies of the fallen. It will make you realize that everybody who serves this country is deserving of the utmost respect, since each one does his or her duty, and has his or her place. They are all needed to keep our beloved military operating smoothly.
Surprisingly, after reading "And Then I Cried," I didn't cry; the book left me too numb. Instead, I thought.....I thought about what I had read and what I had learned: that all are mortal, all will die -- the young as well as the old -- and that our lives can be snuffed out at any time, with no warning.
I am amazed at the strength of this young author. Amazed that he was able to do what he did so well and for so long, and amazed that he had the courage to seek help for his suffering when it was needed. He makes me proud to be a part of a military family. I gave the book five stars.
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