In most respects, the author and I have nothing in common. While I was raised with very thrifty parents, I wasn’t below the poverty line and never once worried about my next meal. Gangs were unknown to me, violence only part of my favorite television shows and mystery books, and drugs and alcohol only on the farthest peripheral of my knowledge. Yet, he drew me into the depths of his story through his internal battles and inspired me to believe, even more than I already do, in the wonders of God when He brings beauty from ashes. Yes, John’s story is amazing and his healing from the Ft Hood shooting miraculous. He and his wife Angel share throughout the book of the tremendous heartache and difficulties they faced, but they came out the other side with gentleness and hope that radiate off the pages. This is not the story of a man who survived a terrorist attack on home soil. It is the soil of God showing Himself personally and lovingly and intimately to John and Angel, and now through them to the rest of us.
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Attacked at Home: A Green Beret’s Survival Story of the Fort Hood Shooting is the amazing story about 2nd Lt. John M. Arroyo, Jr., who, on April 2, 2014, was shot in the throat and neck by another soldier who then went on to kill four soldiers, including himself, and wound sixteen others.
Attacked at Home is also about John’s life beginning with his childhood in Southern California, including his time spent as a tattooed member of a violent street gang, a hopeless teenage drug addict and then his enlistment in the U.S. Army where he ultimately becomes a Special Forces Green Beret and highly decorated officer after serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan and one in Iraq.
The book also tells how he uses his Christian faith to protect himself and his fellow Special Forces “Operators” while deployed to the Middle East and then relies on it to recover from the massive wounds he sustained after being shot at Fort Hood, Texas.