Soldiers at War and at Home

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

In The Good Soldiers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel gave an account from the front lines of Baghdad, embedded with the 2-16 Infantry Battalion during a grueling 15-month tour that changed them all forever. In his latest book, Thank You for Your Service, Finkel has again embedded with some of the men of the 2-16—this time at home. He creates a portrait of what life after war is like—not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends.


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Comments [3]

Amy from Manhattan

People who were abused or neglected as children are more vulnerable to PTSD following later traumatic events. But it's also been found that having an adult they could confide in & who was supportive can mitigate the effects of that abuse or neglect. That could account for the difference between people who've been through similar experiences.

Oct. 02 2013 01:28 PM
Reader from NYC from NYC

A few things about PTSD:

(1) Returned soldiers need help because they can (and do) pass it on to their family members. Sad but it's true.

(2) There's a lot of evidence that trauma history is a big predictor of who develops PTSD. So someone who's had a lot of prior trauma before might well experience an event as the last straw where someone else doesn't.

Oct. 02 2013 01:25 PM
Frank L. from Bronx NY

Just wondering if Mr. Finkel brushed up against some of the emerging awareness of what's being called "moral injury" linked to PTSD, captured in such books as "Achilles in Vietnam" and "None of Us Were Like This Before." Thanks.

Oct. 02 2013 01:12 PM

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