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Jason Kander says in his new book “Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD” that if he had been in the military when his service ended, “I think I would have gotten help as soon as I got home from Afghanistan.”

However, Kander waited a decade after returning stateside in February 2007 after his four-month tour as an Army intelligence officer in the war in Afghanistan, receiving treatment for the anger, fear and insomnia he secretly battled.

“There are very few public examples of people who have had a trauma, received treatment for that trauma, went to therapy and got help, and then moved into a post-traumatic growth phase in their lives,” Kander noted in an interview. Fox News will publicly release his book on Tuesday.

Kander’s struggles were hidden as his political career blossomed in Missouri. He won election and re-election as state representative before winning the statewide post of secretary of state. Additionally, Conder, a Democrat, is poised to upset GOP incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt in 2016 in a state that is turning increasingly red.

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Kander later founded the voting rights group Let America Vote and began flirting with a potential run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, making more than a dozen trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, the top two polling states in the White House race.

Jason Kander speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party fundraising dinner on April 14, 2018 in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Jason Kander speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party fundraising dinner on April 14, 2018 in Nashua, New Hampshire.
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Although his star continued to rise — and he received encouragement from several top Democrats, including former President Barack Obama — he abandoned a potential White House run in June 2018 and launched a run for mayor of Kansas City.

Jason Kander quit politics to seek treatment for PTSD

However, a few months later a very important and personal announcement was made. In early October 2018, Kander ended his mayoral campaign and said he was stepping away from his work as a voting rights champion to seek treatment for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Kander describes his inner demons as his political career escalated and the importance of therapy in his new memoir.

“To be honest, I was ashamed of all this,” Kander wrote in his book. “To me, nothing I’ve ever experienced counts as ‘trauma.’ For one thing, I’ve never been in a firefight.”

“I’m not stupid. I know there’s something wrong with me. I’ve known it for a while. Normal people aren’t afraid to go to sleep; they don’t go around their houses every night; they’re not barred. If they’re not home their spouse doesn’t answer the door,” Kander wrote. “And the most confusing and frustrating thing is that I know myself should be be happy I won my political contest. I started getting national media attention.

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Kander noted his self-loathing, “The higher my star rose, the crueler I was to myself. Whenever someone told me how much I had inspired them, I would mentally turn their words away, thinking how great it was— I left my wife and son and traveled. I could. I left them like I left Afghanistan and never went back.”

Showing off his book, Kander told Fox News “It’s very candid, and it’s not like other memoirs of politicians… I didn’t pack a story where I was always a hero. There were a lot of parts that didn’t reflect well. Because I didn’t think very well of myself at times. “

In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Democratic US Senate candidate Jason Kander waits to greet voters outside a polling place in St. Louis, Missouri.

In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Democratic US Senate candidate Jason Kander waits to greet voters outside a polling place in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Kander said she hopes her book will help others struggling with mental illness.

“I’m like a lot of people, I’ve thought for years [treatment] Not an option. So, I wanted to write a book that I needed all those years ago, but didn’t exist,” he explains. “And what I hope people take away from it is that PTSD is not a terminal diagnosis, literally or figuratively. . It doesn’t have to end your life or your career. You can treat it like any other injury, and then enjoy your life.”

Kander shared that he is in a much healthier place these days. “I feel different than I did a few years ago, and I’ve come to a point where I feel like I haven’t done enough for my country or that I need to prove myself,” he said. .

Kander currently leads the national expansion of the Veterans Community Project, which provides services and housing to those who have served the nation. He also serves on the board of Let America Vote and Giffords, a group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that advocates for solutions to prevent gun violence. Kander also served on the 2020 Platform Committee for the Democratic National Committee and as a surrogate for President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign.

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When asked about his own political future, Kander replied, “I’m just like everybody else right now. I have a job I love and my life is in a place I really love.”

“At some point, I might develop a desire to run for something again — mayor or president or something,” he said. “I don’t have it anymore. I can get it back. But right now, I like what I’m doing.”