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Brad Jones is a "former captain and a Marine veteran of the Afghanistan War. Born in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, he grew up in Salt Lick, a small town in Northeast Kentucky. He graduated from Morehead State University, University of Louisville and Sullivan University with degrees in Political Science and Business. Joining the service in October 2000, he served in the 1st Battalion 6th Marines and in the 6th Marine Regiment, and was deployed to Okinawa, South Korea, Japan, Liberia and, in 2004, Afghanistan. He is a member of a local Marine Corps League detachment. Today, he resides in Lexington and is the father of a 7-year-old daughter. Writing this book was a transformative experience for him, and he hopes to help other veterans and their families by using this novel to spread awareness and support for PTSD. He is available for interviews and events."  Brad Jones is the author of Black Walls Turn Gray.

According to the book description of Black Walls Turn Gray, "combat veteran Brad Jones is a novel about the consequences of modern warfare and the struggles that soldiers face when readjusting to civilian life. Young, fit, and from a military family, Corporal Quince Magowan sees serving his country as his patriotic duty. Unfortunately, fighting in his generation's war proves to be more than just a physical battle. With the enemy blending into both the shadows and the crowds in Afghanistan, Quince and his fellow Marines never have a warning of when or where the danger will appear.


When he returns home to his wife and young daughter, Quince finds that he has lost more than his sense of security. Though he is healthy by all appearances, darkness has trapped him in a painful prison, and he doesn't believe that anyone can understand his mental anguish. He is reluctant to admit to his struggles, but his tough yet compassionate father (who is a veteran of the Vietnam War) persuades him to seek treatment at the Lexington VA hospital, where doctors tell him he has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Quince finds that the path to healing is complicated and difficult, but is supported through this journey by those he loves.


This is a compelling story of filial and romantic love, of friendship, duty and heroism, and of America's challenges in treating its veterans for the invisible wounds of modern warfare. Author and Afghanistan veteran Brad Jones brings this great American dilemma home in Black Walls Turn Gray, his first published novel."

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