Going Crazy in the Green Machine
John Whelan, author
MCpl Billy Reardon is the man who never was. But elements of this fictitious character can be found in the personalities of real-life military members and veterans who’ve battled post-traumatic stress disorder. Reardon is the creation of Halifax-area psychologist John Whelan, a former navy sailor who has written a book examining post-traumatic stress through the eyes of his troubled protagonist.Going Crazy in the Green Machine: The Story of Trauma and PTSD among Canada’s Veterans tells the tale of Master Cpl. Billy Reardon and other composite characters who have served in this country’s Armed Forces. Names were made up; horrific events experienced during deployments to troubled regions overseas were not.