About the author:
Ed Hrivnak, RN, penned WOUNDED
while caring for soldiers that were injured in Iraq. Portions of WOUNDED
have appeared in the critically acclaimed anthology Operation Homecoming
and the two-time Emmy winning film of the same name. The movie was nominated for several awards, including an Oscar for best documentary feature.
Part of his work is featured in the National Endowment of Humanities 2013 anthology Standing Down. This is a collection of significant works of military literature chosen to assist veterans with the transition to civilian life. The book comprises selections from literary giants that include Homer, Tolstoy, Lincoln, and Hemmingway.
Ed’s words have been published in the New Yorker, the Seattle Times, the Tacoma News Tribune, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and several international nursing journals. His war stories have aired on PBS, NPR, ABC World News, and numerous talk shows.
His writing was featured in theatrical presentations at Tacoma’s Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, and the adaptation Soldier’s Circle was performed at the University of Louisville.
Hrivnak was an instructor flight nurse in the Air Force Reserve. He retired as a captain after twenty years of service. A veteran of the first Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Ed also participated in peacekeeping missions supporting Somalia, Rwanda, and the Balkans. Combining his military and civilian flying career, the author has logged over four thousand flight hours on twenty different types of aircraft. Much of his published work is based on treating casualties out of the Middle East.
Prior to retiring, Captain Hrivnak conducted research for the Assistant Surgeon General’s Office of the US Air Force on the stress of caring for combat casualties. He has lectured at colleges, trauma conferences, and to international audiences on this subject.
The writer is married to nurse practitioner and three-tour veteran Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Hrivnak. They live in the Pacific Northwest. The Hrivnaks have two young children, John Dawson and Shae Marie. Ed enjoys his time off with family, skiing, and flying helicopters and antique airplanes. He continues to serve his country as an assistant fire chief for Central Pierce Fire and Rescue.