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Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

Thank You for Your Service

by David Finkel

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So powerful. Just like his other book. Really gets us in to know the people and the pain they are going through. Still cannot believe what these people go through. As well as what soldiers from prior wars must have suffered through with even less support. ( )
  bermandog | Aug 14, 2015 |
Heart-wrenching to read. This author spent time with several vets (and their families) from the recent Middle East wars chronicling their adjustment (or not) back into society after returning home from war.. This book is so helpful because it gives the public a realistic picture of what male and female vets have experienced in war and how they're dealing with their return to life here. I'll never again glibly say, "Thank you for your service" to a vet. ( )
  Suzieqkc | Dec 8, 2014 |
Thank You For Your Service is about veterans, PTSD, TBI, grieving, family interactions, treatment, red tape and lots of suicide and the attempts to stop it. Written by David Finkel, a journalist who was imbedded with troops in Iraq, it contains the personal stories of veterans and their spouses and also looks the officials trying to deal with the crisis. 5 stars from me, I can't recommend it highly enough. ( )
1 vote Citizenjoyce | Jul 10, 2014 |
David Finkel is a reporter who has no detachment from his subject matter; he was one of the journalists who was allowed to be embedded with an infantry battalion in Iraq, and wrote his first book about that experience. For this book he maintains that same intimacy with his subjects, as he writes about many of those same soldiers, who have now returned home, but have not left the wars behind, even though back on U.S. soil. These men and their families try to resume their lives, but struggle with Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries, depression, anxiety, flashbacks, suicide, and numerous physical injuries.
Finkel intersperses stories about individual veterans and their families with reports on the military's attempts to understand the disturbing increase in suicides by today's returning soldiers, and to try to develop strategies for identifying those who are most at risk.
This was not an easy book to read, nor could it have been an easy book to write, but I thank this author for bringing these war veterans and their families to the attention of us all. ( )
  jhoaglin | Jul 1, 2014 |
This searing book is an account of men who served in Iraq and were seriously wounded physically or mentally, and the struggle that they and their wives have when they return to the U.S. There is little encouraging about what they are going through and what may well confront them for the reast of their lives. Almost as shattering is what their wives go through. The book will never be used as a recruiting tool, and I think of my 19-year-old grandson who is subject to being called to active duty and it does not make me a hawk, that's for sure. And I am glad I was always opposed to the Iraq war. One bleeds for the ever-present horror left from the Iraq experience of the men told about in the book, and of those who love them ( )
1 vote Schmerguls | May 6, 2014 |
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This is a heartbreaking book powered by the candor with which these veterans and their families have told their stories, the intimate access they have given Mr. Finkel (an editor and writer for The Washington Post) into their daily lives, and their own eloquence in speaking about their experiences. The book leaves the reader wondering why the Veterans Affairs Department cannot provide better, more accessible care for wounded warriors. And why soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder — which Mr. Finkel says studies show afflicts 20 to 30 percent of the two million Americans who have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — must often wade through so much paperwork and bureaucracy to obtain meaningful treatment.
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From a MacArthur Fellow and the author of The Good Soldiers, a profound look at life after war

No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel shadowed the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion as they carried out the infamous surge, a grueling fifteen-month tour that changed all of them forever. Now Finkel has followed many of those same men as they’ve returned home and struggled to reintegrate—both into their family lives and into American society at large.
     In the ironically named Thank You for Your Service, Finkel writes with tremendous compassion not just about the soldiers but about their wives and children. Where do soldiers belong after their homecoming? Is it possible, or even reasonable, to expect them to rejoin their communities as if nothing has happened? And in moments of hardship, who are soldiers expected to turn to if they feel alienated by the world they once lived in? These are the questions Finkel faces as he revisits the brave but shaken men of the 2-16.
     More than a work of journalism, Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding—shocking but always riveting, unflinching but deeply humane, it takes us inside the heads of those who must live the rest of their lives with the chilling realities of war.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:13 -0400)

"Finkel, a journalist, follows the soldiers who serve in the Iraq War as they struggle to reintegrate into American society"--

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