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James Hatch is a former special ops Navy SEAL senior chief, master naval
parachutist, and expert military dog trainer and handler.
fateful final mission in Afghanistan, his SEAL team was sent to recover
Bowe Bergdahl—the soldier who deserted his post and fell into the hands
of Al-Qaida and the Taliban. The mission went south, and Hatch was left
with a shattered femur from an AK-47 round and the SEAL dog who fought
alongside him was dead. As a result of his horrific leg wound, his
twenty-four-year military career came to an end—and with it the only
life he’d ever known.
In Touching the Dragon, we witness
his long road to recovery. Getting well physically required eighteen
surgeries, twelve months of recovery, and learning to walk again. But
getting well mentally would prove to be much tougher, as he fought
through the depths of despair, alcoholism, and the pull to end his own
life. What emerges is a different kind of hero’s journey, one in which
Hatch shows the courage it takes to confess, confront, and overcome his
own brokenness. Through the love of family, friends, and his military
dogs, Hatch learned remarkable tools and found his purpose, and now he
wants to share this wisdom with the rest of us because we all have