"Tribal Get Out Alive" is the title of a memoir by Army Staff Sgt. Caitlin Ross. Her memoir chronicles her personal experiences in the Army, particularly her experience in Iraq.
Caitlin is originally from Michigan, which is where she served in the United States Military. She suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a close friend of hers was killed in Iraq. After suffering from PTSD, she retired from the service and went on to become an intelligence analyst. When her boyfriend, Brad Johnson, suffered a stroke, she decided to go back to school to obtain her MBA degree, and later became a senior intelligence analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Caitlin has been married for ten years and has four children. While serving in Iraq, her husband's death left her lonely, and it was then that she began to suffer from PTSD, but was told that there is nothing she can do about it. When she returns home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and write her memoirs.
The first of the four chapters of Tribal Get Out Alive, entitled "The Battle For Me," deals with the time before Brad's stroke. It tells about the trauma Caitlin suffered during that time. She describes how the death of her husband affected her psychologically and physically, including how she was constantly worried about what he would say if he ever found out about her affair. In the process, she was forced to face the reality that she had a family, and she had to deal with the grief of losing her husband, as well as coping with the pain she felt every time she saw his picture.
The second chapter focuses on her experiences in Iraq, while she was serving with Brad. This chapter describes her experiences with being deployed in Iraq, including fighting in Ramadi. One of her most memorable moments during this time was when she and her soldiers were ambushed by insurgents. Although her unit was able to fight off the insurgents and survive, it left her with major injuries. The third chapter of Tribal Get Out Alive chronicles her recovery process and how it helped her cope with the PTSD.
Chapter four focuses on the aftermath of Brad's death, which included many struggles for Kimberly, including how to grieve and get through the funeral. Chapter five deals with her search for support, including her search for support groups.