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Just let me say If there was one book on my reading list from this past year that I would recommend people read it is Thank You For Your Service And not because it is relevant it is or because it returns to the extraordinary lives of those first mentioned in The Good Soldiers it does, tragically , or because the author s style, word choice and manner in which he shares these after war stories makes them all thereal they do Read it because there is no better written account of the heartbreaking, infuriating, mind blowing and often invisible reality of war and its never ending consequences on the heroes and families who served Read it because they deserve it. David Finkel writes without adjectives Because his stories are powerful enough on their own I really can t say much about this book that will fairly reflect its emotion From the individual stories of broken men and families, to the military brass reviews of soldiers suicides every part strikes a blow to your heart These are the stories of the men whom a modern empire has tried to help after using them Or at worst, has spat them out and forgotten And the saddest realization is that innumerable troops never receive help, whether the generations who fought recently in the deserts or, indeed, older generations of the wartime jungles and fields of the twentieth century.Follow me on Twitter DrATaubman Out of one war into another Two million Americans were sent to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan Home now, most of them describe themselves as physically and mentally healthy They move forward Their war recedes Some are even stronger for the experience But then there are the others, for whom the war endures Of the two million, studies suggest that 20 to 30 percent have come home with post traumatic stress disorder PTSD a mental health condition triggered by some type of terror, or traumatic brain injury TBI which occurs when a brain is jolted so violently that it collides with the inside of the skull and causes psychological damage Depression, anxiety, nightmares, memory problems, personality changes, suicidal thoughts every war has its after war, and so it is with the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan, which have created some five hundred thousand mentally wounded American veteransevery war has its after war This is what this book discusses as it shows example after example after example of the real life impact of trauma Thank You for Your Service is a dark and heavy read The anguish of these veterans is palpable and it should be I imagine it s like any type of pain You will never fully understand unless you have experienced it yourself David Finkel excels at allowing his readers to live vicariously through the people he has interviewed Again, it s not pretty but it is absolutely necessary in order to gain an empathetic perspective Read this book and the next time you feel the urge to thank a veteran for his or her service, let it be the start of a conversation instead of just an annual statement Because unless we know what our precious veterans and their families have actually sacrificed, we have no idea what we are thanking them for My favorite quoteMost of all, they veterans in a rehabilitation program had heard explosion after explosion and seen dozens of Humvees disappear into breathtaking clouds of fire and debris, and by the end most of them had been inside such a cloud themselves, blindingly feeling around in those initial moments to determine if they were alive, or dead, or intact, or in pieces, as their ears rang and their hearts galloped and their souls darkened and their eyes occasionally filled with tears So they knew They knew And yet day after day they would go out anyway, which eventually came to be what the war was about Not winning Not losing Nothing so grand Just trying until it was time to go home and discovering that life after the war turned on trying again This book is the follow on to The Good Soldiers which you shouldreally read before starting this book.The Good Soldiers tell the true story of real soldiers on theirtour of duty in Iraq.Thank Your For Your Service is the story of how these young menwith horrendous mental and physical injuries try to adjust to normallife again after seeing,doing and experiencing terrible things thatnobody should have to go through It is really a very heartbreaking book to read as a lot of these youngmen are really broken and as a result their families and relationshipssuffer terribly.When I was reading The Good Soldiers there were some characters whomI really admired as they seemed like real leaders,brave and decent men.Some of these same brave decent men then end up with PTSD and end upsuffering with anxiety,depression and anger issues but again you seethe same qualities I admired in the Good Soldier when I saw how hardthey fought to get well and to be as they were before the war withtheir families.I highly recommend this book and The Good Soldier as they are reallythe most hard hitting war books I have read and really shows the horrorof war at an individual level. [ Free Ebook ] ♡ Thank You for Your Service ⚉ With A Foreword By Rom O Dallaire And An Introduction By Carol OffNo Journalist Has Reckoned With The Psychology Of War As Intimately As David Finkel In The Good Soldiers, Finkel Shadowed The Men Of The US Infantry Battalion In Baghdad As They Carried Out The Grueling Fifteen Month Surge That Changed Them All Forever Now Finkel Has Followed Many Of The Same Men As They Ve Returned Home And Struggled To Reintegrate Both Into Their Family Lives And Into Society At LargeIn The Ironically Titled 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 Reasonable, Or Even Possible, To Expect Them To Rejoin Their Communities As If Nothing Has Happened And In Moments Of Hardship, Who Can Soldiers 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 TheMore 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 Realities Of War Next time someone has something negative to say about the military as a whole, you should hand them this book. As an Iraq and Aghanistan veteran, and having served in 2 508 in the same company and platoon as many of those depicted in this story and having worked with them on a daily basis for nearly two years before my transfer, I believe that the book reinforces the stereotypes of the broken soldier while acting as though the conflicts are responsible for many of the personal problems that were present in a population of people with misaligned personalities and bad habits.Out of dealing with many of the soldiers interviewed by David Finkel, I personally spent the most with Nicholas Deninno I m not sure if he has changed, but this is an individual who reveled in mistreating his subordinates to the point of physical and sexual abuse that culminated in at least one soldier that I interacted with going AWOL early in my time at 2 508 His recreational abuse of prescription pills and alcohol eventually culminated in a car accident that seemed to set in motion his weepy PTSD claim, which was believed a cover to mitigate the effects of military discipline and present himself as victim rather than offender The incident of sexual abuse in which he was present occurred after his initial hospitalization I believe that he is either the worlds greatest pretender and his subsequent struggles are the combination of seeking fraudulent disability and inherent personality faults, or that somehow he said he had PTSD enough to convince himself that he really had it.Of the others present in the book, most surprised me that they had been experiencing personal difficulties and my prayers are with them I do believe though, after six years in the military, that many of the people who join the army and particularly the infantry are individuals who either liked the idea of killing something or were too stupid to qualify for anything else It isn t terribly surprising that the same people who earned 1500 after taxes and leased 60,000 cars aren t able to take care of themselves once their salaries were cut off after they left, despite the army mandating financial responsibility courses in the ACAP process.In closing I d say that while the military has excellent public relations in the United States and the specter of Vietnam has made criticizing veterans taboo, many veterans entered the military with the same problems they exited with and several are simply bad apples. Reading this book is a harrowing experience, yet I wish every adult in America and older teenagers, come to think of it would read it Oh yes, and especially our political leaders While on the one hand we may not be harassing soldiers when they come home from war now, they way it was done to Vietnam vets, on the other hand we are still not paying them enough attention We destroy people s lives and health and then forget about them It is sickening Read this book, and you will understand better what our returning warriors face Put yourselves in their shoes, and then get angry I recommend this book most highly. What I loved about this book is the writing, and how completely Finkel has erased himself from the narrative, and how smoothly the reader enters the various lives of the veterans he follows, even unto death If you pay attention to what s happening in the world, there is no possible way you can escape the knowledge that a significant number of soldiers engaged in America s current wars return suffering from PTSD and a staggering number commit suicide I ve never properly understood why such post war horror was not seen in men who fought wars earlier in the century Did not the veterans of WWI or II see horror Did they not suffer concussive brain trauma Finkel opens a scene in a Pentagon conference room called the Gardner Room in honor of a Vietnam War soldier named James Gardner, who died on his twenty third birthday and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor The book outlines his heroics, which includes surviving an intense gun battle across an open rice paddy, destroying enemy bunkers, seizing the enemy s prime position, advancing, vaulting overbunkers, dropping grenades, before being mortally wounded Apparently, his last words were It s the best I can do, before dying of four gunshot wounds to the chest Finkel writes and the question for the ages, or at least those gathered in the Gardner Room forty five years later, is why some soldiers become James Gardner and some become the soldier whose final words are You will watch me die Seriously, this is my question too How do some soldiers acclimate back to civilian life without suffering so deeply while others cannot get out from underneath the nightmares This book doesn t answer that question Still, I have come away with a much deeper respect for what carrying around memories comprised of the flesh of fellow soldiers might mean At one point, Peter Chiarelli, the army s vice chief of staff, attempts to call attention to the issue of soldier suicides by meeting with a group of doctors and researchers The autopsy of a Marine who d killed himself after two combat tours showed evidence of a degenerative brain disease that has been associated with memory loss, confusion, depression, paranoia, and problems with impulse control, and has been seen in autopsies of athletes such as boxers and football players who have endured constant head trauma Most of the men Finkel follows seem to have been the victims of Humvee explosions and the description of the aftermaths of these events are ghastly But just as often, the bombs are buried in the ground Ciarelli asks one soldier, how d it happen The soldier starts to answer He says, He was walking down a trail There was an explosion He lost his right arm He lost most of his left arm he lost his right leg He lost his left leg He Oh my goodness, the soldier says I forgot my train of thought That s okay, Chiarelli says, reaching over to touch what remains of him.The mental damage is what I found most disturbing The disintegrating marriages and the toll on children But ultimately, I admired the tremendous courage of the soldiers who sought help, in spite of the Kafka esque bureaucracy of the Army They chose to live, in spite of their pain, and I m glad of it Their stories are profoundly moving. Given the subject matter this book is sobering and depressing Its about veterans returning from combat the examples are from the Iraq war and how their lives are shattered the war has destroyed their normality.We follow the lives of about 10 veterans and their wives The soldiers in this book are all male The relationship with their wives, if they were married before deployment, has altered forever and it certainly is not a better relationship.What they experienced in the war the indifference and at times brutality to Iraqi civilians, seeing their comrades bodies mutilated and bleeding, having their own bodies and minds damaged never leaves them One veteran continually has dreams of a soldier friend dying right beside him and speaking to him.All are on several types of medication to enable them to sleep, to stop the dreams, to suppress senseless anger mostly with family members Some commit suicide, and most have thought of it and maybe attempted it.It would seem that war zone life is on such a vastly different plane than their normal life back home that these soldiers cannot re adjust The author makes a good point that while at war the soldiers are surrounded by comrades in arms they become dependent on each other Upon departure for home they are all alone and must cope by themselves.Their wives are obviously affected They suffer psychological abuse and sometimes physical abuse They may witness suicide attempts by their husbands with the children in the house too Some wives also end up taking medications They and their children face the full force of the anguish of the returning veterans They too are victims of war.As well, we get a view of how Veterans Affairs workers are impacted their lives are also on a burnt out.The after affects of war do not evaporate The suicide rate of veterans keeps increasing and at the time this book was written the rate was one per day This is an awful statistic reflecting wars permanence in the participants.As an additional note a possible flaw of this book is that there is no examination of veterans who have successfully re adjusted This book looks solely at those who are having severe problems It would be interesting to compare those who have adjusted well to the examples provided by this book