Tyler Hadyniak ’18, a veterans disability attorney, has written a book that tells the story of military veterans across the U.S., the challenges they face, and the memorable experiences the author had traveling across America.
Hadyniak spent nine months traveling around America, and recounts his experiences, reflections, and lessons learned in his first published book, There and Back Again: America Through the Eyes of a Traveling Veterans Disability Attorney. Drawing upon his meticulously detailed travel journal, Hadyniak tells the unique stories of the numerous veterans for whom he helped secure disability benefits, their struggles after serving, how his worldview as a lifelong Mainer was changed by months on the road, and the diverse characters he met along the way.
“By the time they turn the last page, I hope readers will have developed an appreciation for this beautiful country, and those who signed up to keep it safe,” said Hadyniak. “Veterans’ service – and the consequences of their service – does not end once they leave the military. Sometimes it is a lifelong struggle to just survive. People need to recognize that.”
The book will be published by Atlantic Publishing in December 2020, and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Half of all proceeds from There and Back Again will go toward the national charity “Disabled American Veterans.”
Hadyniak is from Freedom, Maine, and lives in Sidney with his wife, Catherine. He graduated with honors from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2015 before attending Maine Law. He has worked for Jackson MacNichol in South Portland since graduating from law school.