Ron Capps served in the Army and Army Reserve for 25 years and is also a retired Foreign Service officer for the Department of State. He served both branches in some of the world’s deadliest places: wartime Kosovo, Darfur, Chad, Afghanistan and Iraq. The horrors of what he witnessed and his inability to stop the death and bloodshed inflicted him with shakes, panic attacks and severe depression.
Capps' memoir, Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years, chronicles his wartime experiences and his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Capps is also the founder and director of the Veterans Writing Project, a non-profit providing writing seminars for veterans and their adult family members. He joined Dakota Midday from the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood.