Female veteran and author Kimberly DeFiori shares crucial life messages she learned from her service dog while struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
DeFiori, currently pursuing her MBA through Cornell University’s executive MBA program, thoughtfully recounts her traumatic journey while serving in the U.S. Army, challenging readers to view life differently for greater happiness and fulfillment. Thor, DeFiori’s often silly yet very focused Labrador Retriever, inspired her to write this unforgettable story and helpful guide for readers.
In Lessons from Thor, retired Army Captain DeFiori cleverly weaves Thor’s take on life throughout her story. Some of the topics she focuses on include: taking care of yourself; trying new things; resting and recharging; finding and enjoying every moment; leaning on others when struggling; appreciating our past; and, being a good listener to people who are hurting. As an example, she shares that “When Thor goes to the beach, he doesn’t watch the waves, he crashes into them. Life is about trying things, not just watching from the sidelines.”
DeFiori began her military career after graduating from West Point in 2008 as a military police officer. She deployed shortly after to Afghanistan for a year, serving with military police and infantry companies. She was one of the first women to work alongside Afghan police day and night conducting raids with special operations units. She went on to serve as an aide-de-camp at the Pentagon.
“Kim’s debut book is so heartfelt and encouraging,” said Chris Schafer, CEO at Tactical 16. “She talks about her difficult journey and close relationship with Thor, her precocious furry friend, in a fun and meaningful way. You’re sure to fall in love with Thor and learn from both Kim and him as the story progresses. This book is so well done and motivational!” DeFiori calls Maryland home and recently started Badges United Foundation, a non-profit, to help first responders who have PTSD.